Peter Paik was the head coach of the University School speech and debate team for 18 years and is now serving as the assistant coach for Public Forum. Mr. Paik was inducted into the Ohio Speech and Debate Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 2020. (See the induction speeches here.) His Public Forum debate team won the NSDA national championship in 2010. Under his leadership, University School won the NSDA School of Excellence in Debate Award eight times. Mr. Paik's teams have also been successful at the state level, winning the Ohio state championship in PF five times. In 2016 Mr. Paik and Mr. James Lewis launched Classic Debate Camp at Kenyon College with Leslie Muhlbach, Aidan Brandt, and Edith Lui. Mr. Paik is committed to sharing his expertise and his vision for the debate community with everyone.
Interim Assistant Camp Director
Edith Lui debated four years for Sylvania Southview High School and was the captain of the debate team her senior year. She has experience in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Congressional Debate, as well as Extemporaneous Debate. Edith actively competed around the state of Ohio and placed at eight tournaments during her senior year, including first place at Princeton HS. Edith is a two-time state qualifier in LD and a national qualifier in World Schools Debate. Edith graduated from Miami University in 2020, where she majored in political science and computer science. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration at American University. Edith was one of Classic Debate Camp's first two junior staff members in 2016 and has returned to CDC every summer since then.
Theresa Garofalo graduated from St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in 1989 as a Registered Nurse. Over the past 30 years, she has practiced nursing in various settings including a Level 1 emergency room trauma center. She also worked part-time at an urgent care center while raising her family. This past school year, she worked in collaboration with the school nurse at University School, administering first aid and assessing the medical needs of students throughout the pandemic. Outside of work, Ms. Garafalo thoroughly enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and traveling, especially internationally. At Classic Debate Camp, Ms. Garafalo will be providing medical care for campers. She looks forward to spending the week with the students as they hone their debate skills, make new friendships, and have a healthy, fun-filled experience!
Educational Technology Consultant
Lisa Ulery is the Director of Technology and Libraries at University School. She has over 15 years of teaching and library experience in both public and independent schools. With a master's degree Instructional Technology, she is passionate about helping teachers and students balance their technology-rich lives. Ms. Ulery played a vital role in helping the instructors of Classic Debate Camp launch Classic Debate Camp - Virtual (CDC-V) in 2020. She believes that CDC-V not only provides students with a safe way to participate in debate camp, but also helps Classic Debate Camp become more accessible and expand its community.
Assistant Camp Director
(On leave 2021)
Leslie Muhlbach currently coaches at Gahanna Lincoln High School, where she also teaches speech and debate classes. She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Massillon Washington and then became the head coach at Jackson. During her tenure at Jackson, she built her program into a powerhouse that won numerous district championships and claimed two OSDA team sweepstakes titles. In 2012, Ms. Muhlbach's public forum team won the Ohio state championship and her Lincoln-Douglas debater won 2nd place at the NSDA national tournament. In 2014, Ms. Muhlbach was inducted into the OSDA Coaches Hall of Fame. She believes that debate is the best way to teach young people the listening and speaking skills they need to become collaborative, ethical, and productive problem-solvers.