Our camp staff will be announced progressively throughout the Spring. Check back regularly to see who you will be taught by this summer at the GMDI!
Dr. Jackie Poapst is the Director of Debate at George Mason, and is entering her 11th year on the coaching staff. Jackie received her PhD in Communication from George Mason. She debated for Liberty University, where she graduated with Bachelor of Sciences in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
She is an experienced online instructor with the George Mason Communication Department, teaching college courses in Argumentation and Public Policy, Argumentation Theory, Mass Communication, Basic Foundations of Debate, and Persuasion Theory. Jackie has been teaching at the George Mason Debate Institute for 11 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 Policy Debate Coach at George Mason University, entering her seventh year on the coaching staff. This is her sixth year as the Assistant Director of the George Mason Debate Institute, and her ninth year working the camp. She works full-time in Technology and is responsible for ensuring successful online functionality. As a debater, she competed at both Liberty University and George Mason. She graduated from Mason with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
As a coach at Mason, she has coached teams to champion tournaments in all divisions and reach elimination rounds at majors. She also is also a Co-Founder of an online debate program for ES and MS students, has taught Public Forum debate online for The Global Academic Commons, and has been a Public Forum coach for The Potomac School and George Mason High School.