Jennie is entering her 17th year with the Paly team, and her 16th year as director of speech and debate. She has been awarded her second diamond by the National Speech and Debate Association for her coaching dedication and results. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia 1988. Prior to retiring from the paid labor force to raise a family, Jennie worked as worldwide sales trainer and executive speech consultant at Adobe Systems, Inc. Her other jobs included: public affairs manager and nationwide CEO speech/crisis media coach at Planned Parenthood Federation of America; senior legislative aide on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC; political advance team member on a presidential campaign; and policy analyst for the Children’s Defense Fund and for the Southern Poverty Law Center. In high school, she competed in Policy (CX) debate for the Montgomery Academy, AL, regularly won top speaking awards, participated in numerous out-rounds, and was on the state champion team. Jennie is a published author, a non-profit board founder and chair, and is raising two college juniors (Emory/Georgia Tech and UCSC) and has a daughter who just completed graduate school at MIT.
Sarah is a third-year student at Stanford Law School. Originally from Valparaiso, IN, she competed in U.S. extemp, impromptu, Public Forum debate, Congress, and original oratory in high school. She was a four-time qualifier to the national tournament. Sarah attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergrad, where she studied political science and urban education. After graduating from Penn, Sarah worked for two years at a charter school in Indianapolis as a fifth grade teacher (and tournament-winning basketball coach!). While she was teaching, Sarah received her Master’s in education from Marian University. Now that she’s in law school, Sarah is an Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review and producer of the Law School Musical. She will be clerking for a judge in Columbus, OH upon graduating. In her free time, she loves baking, going for long walks, watching Jeopardy!, and reading science fiction.