The DebateDrills Academy Staff

Thoughtfully designed lectures, guided practice speeches, and learning material content for all ages, skill ranges, and debate events designed by accomplished former debaters and coaches.

Paras Kumar
UC Berkeley '16
Founder
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Raffi Piliero
Georgetown '20
Content Director
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Jaya Nayar
Harvard '24
Instructor
2019 TOC LD 2nd Place
Founder | GirlsDebate
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Aden Barton
Harvard '24
Instructor
4x Policy TOC Elims
2020 Policy TOC Champion
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Tej Gedela
UPenn '24
Instructor
2020 Stanford LD Champion
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Sydney Young
Harvard '23
Instructor
2018 TOC Semifinalist
NDT Qualifier
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Simran Gandhi
Oxford '24
Instructor
Harvard Quarterfinals
2x TOC Qualifier
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Rex Evans
Duke '24
Instructor
Glenbrooks Champion
2nd Place | 2018 TOC
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Cameron Baghai

Explore Our Free Courses

The DebateDrills Academy provides elite, interactive debate education for all skill levels, events, and ages. From thoughtfully designed lectures that contain quizzes to reinforce concepts, guided drills and exercises with sample speeches, and topic-specific resources, the Academy provides an unparalleled learning opportunity for students and teachers interested in academic debate. Sign up for free or explore some sample courses below!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does registering for the Academy cost money?

    Nope! You can make a free account and access full-length courses, guided exercises, and topic-specific resources.

  • Does the Academy provide resources for all debate events?

    Yes! We have recruited a diverse team from various event backgrounds to create useful resources for all debate events and interests. Our introductory series covers foundational debate concepts that apply regardless of debate event.

  • What’s the catch?

    There is none! A disruption of the information asymmetry that defines competitive debate has been long overdue. With the Academy, students and teachers can meaningfully learn the skills they previously could only access by attending residential debate camps over the summer or being part of an institutional program.