Students will receive an introduction to public speaking by learning research, writing, and speaking techniques designed to make them successful communicators and give them a foundation for competitive Speech & Debate. The course is taught by nationally recognized speech and debate coaches.
Ryan Levesque is the Director of Speech and Debate at American Heritage School. He has been teaching and coaching speech, debate, and public speaking for 12 years. He is originally from the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where he went to school, competed on his high school and college speech and debate teams, and taught for 8 years. Ryan's mission as an educator is to nurture and challenge each student with whom he comes in contact. He believes every student has the capacity to be exceptional, and he knows the skills learned in speech and debate have the power to transform. He has seen it and lived it. Helping young people find their voice and confidence in speech and debate is his calling, and he feels blessed to work with some of the most wonderful students in the world!
Bo Lint earned his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of West Florida. A former competitor himself, Bo is now the Co-Director of Speech and Debate at American Heritage School. Bo teaches the middle school and high school courses at both the introductory and advanced levels. Bo's students have reached elimination rounds or championed tournaments such as Yale, Florida Blue Key, the Glenbrooks, George Mason, Harvard, NCFL Nationals, and the NSDA National Tournament. He specializes in Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Original Oratoryo
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.