Jackie Poapst is the Assistant Director of Debate at George Mason, and is entering her seventh year on the coaching staff at Mason Debate. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, which she will be defending in March to receive her PhD in Communication. She debated for Liberty University, where she graduated with Bachelor of Sciences in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Jackie has been teaching at the George Mason Debate Institute for seven years, and became Director in 2015. During her first year as Director, the institute became the largest debate institute in Virginia. Jackie has also taught elementary and middle school debate and public speaking at Ivy Christian College.
Hannah is an Assistant Debate Coach at George Mason University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and is pursuing a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from GMU. This is her second year as the Assistant Director of the Institute. She competed at both Liberty and George Mason. As a debater, she championed several tournaments, including ADA Nationals in two divisions. She coaches Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas at George Mason High School. She has also worked at Middle School public speaking camps for four years. This will be her fifth year working the camp and her fourth year leading the Varsity Public Forum lab.
We plan on announcing our full teaching and resident staff in February!