Ashely was on the El Camino team from 2008 to 2010 where she became national champion in Extemporaneous Speaking and state champion in Parliamentary Debate, Extemp, and Impromptu Speaking.  She earned her BA and MA in Communications from California State University, Long Beach and has coached the El Camino team since 2011. Ashley is currently an adjunct professor at El Camino College where she teaches a variety of courses.

Mark was a champion CEDA debater for Los Rios Community College and California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo before earning his MA in Speech Communications from California State University, Northridge, where he began his coaching career.  He was the El Camino Director of Forensics from 1990 to 2000 and established El Camino as a dominant debate program.  Although Mark no longer travels to tournaments, his background in debate and sense of humor is invaluable in the squad room.

Harrison was a dominant debater for El Camino from 2011 to 2013, winning gold in Parliamentary Debate and silver in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, while also competing in Limited Preparation and Platform individual events. Since leaving El Camino he earned his BA in Economics from UCI and is currently pursuing his MA at California University, Fullerton.  Harrison is our resident expert on the economy and all things China.

With partner Issac, Mason became one of the most feared community college debaters in the nation in his second year.  The team finished 21st at the prestigious National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, and also won gold at Phi Rho Pi, the community college national tournament.  

Francesca Bishop, Director of Forensics

​Debate and Individual Events (IE) Coach

Francesca competed for the El Camino Forensics Team for three years before completing her BA at UCLA and her MA in Communications at California Statue University, Fullerton.  She was national community college champion in CEDA team, CEDA LD debate, and Impromptu Speaking, and was state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking. In 1996 she was top speaker in California.  She has been Director since 2000, bringing 14 National Championships to El Camino.

Harrison Shieh, Debate and IE Coach

We are lucky to have Isaac coaching the team as he finishes up his transfer requirements at El Camino.  Last year with his partner Mason Jones, Isaac was part of the top community college debate team in the nation, reaching quarter-finals at the NPDA national tournament and winning gold at Phi Rho Pi.

Joseph was an excellent competitor in limited preparation events and a national community college champion debater in Parliamentary Debate for El Camino College before continuing his debate dominance at UCLA. He earned his MA in Communications from California State University, Long Beach.  Joseph specializes in coaching the open-level debaters, and each year at El Camino, he has coached teams to the exclusive National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.

Faculty Coaches

Student Coaches

Mason Jones, Debate and Limited Prep Events Coach

Joseph Evans, Debate and IE Coach

Assistant Coaches

Ashley Graham, Debate and IE Coach

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Mark Crossman, Debate Coach

Isaac Curtiss, Debate and Limited Prep Events Coach