Lumos Debate recruits instructors who are the best at what they do. Many are experts in debating who have had incredible success in debate, placing at and winning multiple national debate titles and earning numerous speaker awards.
Director of Education
As a debater, Zeph took 2nd place at the Columbia Invitational and 3rd at the Yale Invitational, ranked as high as 1st in Massachusetts and 3rd in the nation. Zeph has years of coaching experience with the Westfield Debate Team and has created, planned, and executed educational debate curriculum for hundreds of Lumos students. His goal is to make sure Lumos’s philosophy of personalized learning for students is embodied by every class in every location. In 2019, Zeph was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Education.
Kassie currently studies in the D’amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. As a competitor, Kassie placed 7th in the state for Lincoln Douglas debate and won numerous speaking awards, allowing her to participate in national tournaments across the East coast. Kassie draws on experience from mentoring the younger members of her debate team and tutoring middle school students.
Kayla currently studies Math with a concentration in teaching at UC Berkeley. After a successful career and becoming the MA state debate champion, Kayla has coached students to success such as quarter and semi finals at Berkeley and elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions. Kayla tutored math through high school, captained her debate team, and now at mentors at Emerson Elementary.
Maya has seen tremendous success in both Congressional and Public Forum Debate, placing 2nd in MA in PF and reaching semi-finals at the Yale and NCFL Nationals Tournament and finals at the state tournament in Congress. She has been mentoring and tutoring debate students since the beginning of high school, as well as tutoring other academic subjects. She currently studies Economics at UMass Amherst.
Julianne’s experience spans middle school, high school, and college debate. She has tutored middle schoolers for four years and trained high school novices to be national qualifiers. Her own success includes out-round finishes at tournaments like Yale and Columbia. She went on to earn a spot on American University‘s elite Mock Trial team, where she also studies Political Science with a minor in Public Health.
Lilian is currently finishing up her M.A. in Elementary Teaching and Massachusetts teaching license at Brandeis. This past May, she graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.A in Education Studies, and M.A. in Elementary Teaching. Lilian has many years of experience working with children and youth, and is passionate about building up a generation of young, educated leaders.
Sam debated through high school, ranked as high as 2nd in New Jersey. His accomplishments include 10th speaker at Harvard, 8th at Princeton and 3rd place at the NSDA National Tournament. He has been teaching debate for 5 years and studies at Wesleyan University.
As a competitor, Christina won first speaker at States and placed in the top 8 at both States and the Lexington National Tournament. She won many local circuit tournament and competed in elimination rounds at tournaments such as Princeton. Christina enhances curriculum through creative approaches, and focuses on developing younger students into leadership roles. Christina currently attends Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Sam served as captain of the Wayland Debate team, reaching elimination rounds at every national tournament he attended as a senior and qualifying two teams to nationals under his leadership.
Gil was the MA state champion, won the Columbia tournament, and was an octafinalist at Harvard. She currently studies at Brown University.
Thomas won Villiger’s Tournament and reached semifinals at Yale. He studies philosophy at the University of Chicago.
Sabrina semi-finaled in Congressional Debate at University of Pennsylvania, Blue Key, and Glenbrooks. She currently attends Stanford University.
Ben was 3rd in NJ at Public Forum and a national debate finalist. He also finished top 16 in International Policy Debate. He currently attends Cornell University.
Grace worked at the State Department and the United Nations and has extensive experience debating policy in both classrooms and real-world settings. She studies at University of Michigan.
Julia was the captain of her debate team. She ranked 21st in the nation in Public Forum. She currently attends Columbia University.
Gaby was captain of the Newton South debate team. She was the MA State Champion in 2018, and reached elimination rounds at Columbia and Yale. She will attend Tufts University this fall.
Zoe won 2nd place at Sunvitational and 1st speaker at Princeton. She was the VP of the largest debate team in the US. She currently attends Yale University.
Venuri was top 4 at Lakeland’s National Tournament and started the middle school debate program in Lexington, MA. She currently attends Northeastern University.
Jerry was top five in debate in MA, reaching octofinals at Princeton and going undefeated at Harvard. He currently attends Cornell University.
Suning has multiple state and regional titles and has coached students to national titles. She currently attends Babson College.
Simone has worked at various types of camps and peer tutored for the last three years. She studies engineering at MIT.
Ben was a finalist at MA States, also coaching the state champions in multiple reading. He currently studies at Northeastern University.
Camille was the NJ District Champion in Program Oral Interp as well as 3rd at States in Humorous Interp. She currently attends The College of New Jersey.
Ashika has reached finals at Yale, 4th at Princeton, and has been ranked as 10th in the nation in Congressional Debate. She currently studies at the University of Chicago.
Lucy was 4th in the nation in Program Oral Interp as well as the New Jersey State Champion in Oral Interpretation, a Finalist at Yale and top 4 at Harvard. She attends UT Austin.
Ranen has placed 1st at Princeton and 3rd at NSDA Nationals. He is also one of nine members of USA Debate team, who represent USA to compete internationally.
Tucker won the Scarsdale national tournament and has been ranked 11th in the country in Public Forum. He will attend Brown University this fall.
Niki championed the Lincoln Sudbury Invitational in high school. She currently attends Barnard College of Columbia University.
Dan was 4th in NJ, 8th at Princeton, and 9th at the Grand National Tournament. He currently studies at Case Western Reserve University.
Lindsey championed the Yale and Princeton tournaments, and was 3rd speaker at Harvard. She currently studies at University of Pennslyvania.
Cecilia is the captain of Newton North’s debate team and has amassed a number of state awards. She specializes in coaching novices.
Kate was top eight at Harvard and Columbia and was named second speaker at Yale and captained her debate team. She currently attends Stanford University.
Eliza won The Lawrence Prize in her academics and has experience mentoring younger students. She currently studies at Harvard University.
Peter has seen debate success at tournaments like Yale and Princeton. He currently attends Middlebury College.
Mary earned 2nd place at University of Pennsylvania and has advanced to eliminations at Harvard, Yale, and GMU. She attends Northwestern University.
Andy has worked with sixth grade students extensively, teaching language and communication skills in a bilingual setting. He currently studies at Hamilton College.
Reed reached elimination rounds and won speaker awards at national tournaments in both Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas debate, collecting multiple state bids.
Sarah was President and Public Forum Debate Captain at Millburn High. Sarah currently attends Vanderbilt University.
Natalie was ranked in the top 10 in New York for three years in a row. She currently attends Cornell University.
Jean placed first in the state of her age group at Declamation in both English and Latin. She is returning for her second year as a Lumos counselor.
Sydney has reached finals at Yale, 3rd at Columbia, and 7th at Princeton. She is president of the largest debate team in the US, Bronx
David won the Princeton Classic and semi-finaled at Lexington, FSU and the Tournament of Champions. He currently attends UCLA.
Irina has won speaker awards at national tournaments like Ridge and Lakeland. She studies Political Science at UMass Amherst.
Ananta has reached elimination rounds at the Harvard, Princeton, and Blake tournaments. She currently studies at UCLA.
Nikhil was top four at Harvard and MA states, top 8 at Columbia, and reached elimination rounds at Princeton and Harvard.
Katherine has reached elimination rounds at tournaments like Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. She also semi-finaled at MA states in her novice year.
Nicola was president of model congress, winning an outstanding performance gavel at Harvard. He currently attends Northeastern University.
Anika won the Tournament of Champions and placed 2nd at Harvard and Yale, currently ranked 9th in the nation. She captains the Newton South team.
Prisha has won numerous tournaments including a national championship and two state championships.
Sameer was the debate captain at Livingston High School, and won tournaments in the NJ circuit. He currently studies at the University of Michigan.
Jack has achieved semi-finals at Princeton and out-rounds at tournaments like Harvard and Columbia. He currently attends Northwestern University.
In Kevin’s novice year, he was top 8 at the Princeton Classic, and he has been competitive ever since. He studies at Northeastern University.
Gaurav has been ranked as high as 1st in MA and 3rd in the US in Public Forum. He currently attends Georgetown University.
Ariel placed 3rd in the Nation in Original Oratory and has many other state and national awards. She attends Smith College.
James has been responsible for two elementary school programs, running weekly workshops. He attends the University of Pennsylvania.
Long finished in the quarterfinals at the MA state tournament among other success. He currently attends Brown University.
Adney was the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton Champion, 2nd at Columbia, and 4th at Yale. He currently attends Franklin & Marshall College.
Isabella was a co-captain of her high school's speech and debate team, as well as a two-time NSDA and NCFL qualifier in speech. She currently attends Washington University in St. Louis.