Willie Washington – Director
Willie is currently a college instructor at CSU Fullerton and Irvine Valley College. He is a member of the coaching staff for Irvine Valley College’s national championship speech and debate team. He obtained his Communication B.A. from San Francisco State University and M.A. from CSU Fullerton. At CSUF, Willie developed a program that combined the collegiate discipline of Communication Studies with Speech and Debate and implemented this material at a local primary school in the Fullerton area. This program is the foundation of ACLA’s curriculum. It is his goal to see speech and debate activities spread and competent communication skills developed in young people everywhere.
Tim began debating as a freshman in high school in 2008 and went on to lead the team to numerous regional and national titles. In 2011 he joined the Chapman University Speech and Debate team, becoming president his freshman year studying Communication, Philosophy, and Computer Science. After 3 years of collegiate competition totaling 76 awards in Impromptu, Extemp, Duo, Prose, Informative, Com Analysis, and Parliamentary Debate, including 18 national awards and nine top-10 national finishes, he chose to step back from competing and coach the Chapman Team. He found his true passion teaching middle and high school students speech and debate skills and plans to help Coach Willie design the future of ACLA.
Philippa James – Coach
Philippa grew up in a seaside town in Devon, England where she developed her love for history and drama. She received her Bachelors in theater and performance from the University of Plymouth, England. Before moving to the U.S., Philippa spent a year co-teaching first year degree students in acting and theater.
She is currently studying for her multiple subject teaching credential at California State University, Fullerton, with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. Philippa strives to impart on her students an array of public speaking skills that will help to build their confidence and serve them throughout their academic careers.
Kerrie Hilhouse began competing in speech and debate in 2013, as a junior at California State
University, Fullerton. During her two years of competing, she has competed locally and nationally in as a Public Forum Debater and a Policy Debater. Kerrie has placed in many tournaments. As a Public Forum debater she has placed in many tournaments as an individual speaker and as a team. She has won 4th place team and 4th place speaker at the Fullerton Express, 1st place team and 2nd speaker, 4th place team, 1st place team and 2nd place speaker at the Robert Barbera, 3rd place team at the NEDA national express tournament at Cal State Fullerton. In 2015 she was awarded the All-American award at the NEDA National Public Forum Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. As a policy debater she placed 3rd speaker and 3rd seed at the Kathryn Klassic at Cal State Fullerton and placed as 3rd seed in the D-1 Pacific Champs at USC. Kerrie started coaching in 2015, her first team she coached won 1st place and went on to teaching Public Forum at the Dr. Robert Gass High School Forensics Institute at Cal State Fullerton after graduating from Cal State Fullerton, obtaining her B.A in Human Communications with an emphasis on Argumentation and Persuasion. Debate is a passion she has and volunteer coaches novice, JR Varsity, and Varsity Public Forum at Cal State Fullerton. Debate has had a positive impact on her life and wants to share her passion with the next generation.
Marisol Martinez – Coach
Marisol began her forensics career spring 2014 with individual events. She competed in four events during her time competing for Irvine Valley College during the 2014-2015 school year. She ended the season achieving silver in parliamentary debate, bronze in International Public Debate Association, finalist in Program Oral Interpretation and a superior in International Public Debate Association among other awards. In addition she has a 3.72 GPA in communications and is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in communications. Marisol has seen how speech and debate helps build critical thinking skills, confidence and organization skills.
Isaiah Salgado- Coach
Isaiah began his Forensics career in fall 2014 at California State University Fullerton in Public Forum and Policy Debate while working toward his double major in Philosophy and Human Services with a concentration in mental illness. Though Isaiah is still currently debating for Cal State Fullerton, in his first one and-a-half years competing he has placed in a number of tournaments. As a novice debater Isaiah got third place speaker at CSUN Robert Barbra Invitational, 1st place team at Cal State Fullerton’s Blumer, Finalist at USC’s D1 Qualifier and Pacific Championship, and participated in the National CEDA Policy Tournament. During his first year in open which is still ongoing; Isaiah has gotten first Overall Speaker at CSUN Robert Barbra Invitational, Semi-Finalist at Golden Gate Season Opener, and 6th overall Speaker at Northwest fall Championship UW. Isaiah sees speech and debate as a way for students to not only learn more about communication, but also allows them to think critically. Isaiah is passionate about the activity and plans to continue coaching for the foreseeable future.
“B” Ramos – Coach
“B” Ramos caught the acting bug at the young age of 6. Since then, “B” has fallen in love with the performing arts. She has been able to express herself and her vivid imagination through folklorico dancing and theatre. In college, she studied theatre production, theatre education and danced with Ballet Folklorico de CSUF. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from Cal State Fullerton and has worked as a stage manager for Ballet Folklorico de CSUF and volunteered at several non-profit theatres in Southern California. Miss “B” enjoys teaching theatre to her wonderful students at Green Room Studios in Orange, CA.