Director of Speech and Debate
Terry Rubin has been coaching for 17 years at Kent Denver School and is in his 7th year as a teacher. He was a producer for “The PBS NewsHour” for more than 15 years and worked as a journalist for 20 years prior to joining Kent Denver full time. Terry and his wife, Ilana, are expecting their first child in February.
Director of Debate/Grier Family Debate Chair
Mike comes to us from Bingham High School in Salt Lake City. Mike’s team won the state title, received bids to the TOC, and qualified to nationals in every competitive debate event. Mike debated at the University of Wyoming where he competed in policy debate for five years and earned top honors on the national level, participating in elimination rounds at nearly every major tournament including the National Debate Tournament. He became a graduate assistant coach at the University of Wyoming from 2011 to 2013 while earning his masters degree in communication. He was the 2013–2014 head coach of the University of Wyoming team.
Speech and Debate Fellow
Forrest is returning for his sixth year as one of Kent Denver’s Assistant Speech Coaches. Forrest specializes in the Interpretation of Poetry, and Program of Oral Interpretation events, but coaches all speech events. He is an alumnus of Kent Denver (Class of ’05) and spends a disproportionate amount of his free time reading.
Eddie Young has been an assistant coach with the team for twelve years and counting! He possesses a theatre background and mainly coaches speech events. He is also on the English faculty at Kent Denver. In his spare time, he serves on the board of Lighthouse Writers and enjoys exploring Denver’s food scene.
As the child of a former Speech and Debate coach, Jen was almost born into this activity. The prestige and passion her mother’s students exuded was a fantastic influence. Jen found that as a competitor, she enjoyed the camaraderie and familial setting of being on a team of talented individuals. Her passion for the sport turned to coaching in 2011 and she cannot imagine her life without it. She finds it a gift and an honor to be part of this community.
Lincoln Douglas Debate Coach
Jeff Joseph is the assistant Lincoln Douglas Debate Coach. He is a father of two sets of twins: Caden and Tucker Joseph (Kent Denver class of 2019) and Rowan and Finley Joseph (St. Anne’s Episcopal). When is not coaching debate, he works as an immigration lawyer in Denver.
Assistant Debate Coach
Nathaniel “Nate” Graziano was a policy debater at Fort Collins High School and at the University of Wyoming. Since then, Nate has joined the CSU Pueblo Debate team and is competing nationally in Parliamentary Debate. Nate has recently moved to Denver after 2 years of achievement at Poudre High School coaching the State Champions in Policy Debate (2015) and Lincoln Douglas Debate (2016) in Fort Collins. He is excited to be part of the Kent Denver coaching staff, and is ready for an amazing year!
Parent Committee Co-Chairs:
Colleen Attoma-Mathews and Lee-Ann Krauss (firstname.lastname@example.org)