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David Yastremski—Mr. Yastremski began the Ridge Forensics program in the fall of 1997 and has led the team to state and national recognition. Mr. Yastremski has served as a Language Arts teacher at Ridge High School since 1996. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and a triple diamond coach with the National Speech and Debate Association.
Vivek Balija—Dr. Balija is a Physical, Life and Earth Science teacher in addition to being the science instructor at the STEM academy at William Annin Middle School. He holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences, an M.S. in Molecular Biology, a M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He has previously taught in the New York City Public School System where he was a debate coach for his school debate league.
Jessica Lynch—Mrs. Lynch is an English/Language Arts teacher at William Annin Middle School. She has been coaching the debate team for 3 years. Mrs. Lynch is also an alumnus of Ridge High School and the Ridge Forensics team. She strongly believes that participation in speech and debate helps students develop skills that will greatly benefit them later in life during high school, college, and in their careers beyond!
Stephanie Fletcher—Mrs. Fletcher had been a professional actress after graduating with a BA in theatre. While receiving her M.Ed. She started coaching the Ridge Forensics team in late 90s. She returned in 2011 and just received her first diamond award from the National Speech and Debate Association.
Students will work with members of the reigning state championship Ridge Forensics Team, including state and national tournament finalists.