Our InterProd Team
The Summit family is the whole reason for our success and why we have been a favorite choice since 1995. Whether you are coming for Extemp, Oratory, Informative, Interp, or Debate, we have a staff that is experienced in high school speech and debate. Our senior staff members typically have at least a decade of experience. We also use recent graduates to keep us fresh with new ideas and approaches. Below is the staff that will be worked with us in 2017. New additions are added all the time. We invite you to come back frequently and see who is being added!
Bob Ickes -- Curriculum director (Oratory, Informative)
Boston | Iowa
Bob Ickes-- a finalist himself at the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA), National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL), Emory University, and Harvard University tournaments—has been coaching high-school speech for the past 15 years and began working with the Interprod family in 2004. Having edited and or written for Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Vogue, Details, The Hollywood Reporter, POZ, and Andy Warhol’s Interview, among other publications, he has coached or helped coach the writing of original orations that have won Harvard and reached the elimination and final rounds of The Glenbrooks, Emory, Yale, Berkeley, and Stanford tournaments, as well as the final rounds of the National Forensic League and National Catholic Forensic League championships. Bob has also edited eight books, including, most recently, “The Architecture of the Novel,” by Anne Lamott and Jane Vandenburgh; The New York Times Notable Book “Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography,” by Burton Hersh; and “The Price of Justice: A True Story of Two Men and Their Epic Battle Against Corruption and Greed in Coal Country,” by Laurence Leamer.
Joele denis -- Curriculum director (interp)
Boston | Iowa
Joele Denis is a speech coach at Cypress Bay High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has coached numerous tournament champions and finalists at the most prestigious invitationals including Harvard University, George Mason and the Glenbrooks. Joele is one of the most revered young coaches in speech - giving the keynote address in 2017 at the Pennsylvania Speech & Debate Coaches Fall Conference about Program Oral Interpretation.
C. Ryan Joyce -- Curriculum director (middle school)
Boston | Iowa
C. Ryan Joyce is the Director of Forensics at Phoenix Country Day School in Phoenix, Arizona. C. Ryan was named the 2017 NSDA Middle School National Coach of the Year. A three time high school national finalist himself (OO and DUO), he's no stranger to the National Stage. His program is the most successful middle school program in the country with more than 50 national finalists and more than 10 NSDA National Champions. He brings over twenty years of experience of teaching middle school students to our Middle School Experience. Click here to learn more about our Middle School Labs.
Kate Hamm, currently Director of Speech and Debate at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL has been educating students in speech and debate for over thirty years! During those years her students have won, or had top finishes, at state and national tournaments in Lincoln Douglas, Policy, Public Forum and Congressional Debate, as well as Extemporaneous Speaking and all Interpretation events.
Her coaching has taken her around the nation and around the world where she helped develop debate curriculum for schools in Amsterdam, South Korea, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Additionally, she has taught speech/debate institutes and workshops in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Florida, Italy, Bahrain, and China.
Kate will be working with the Argumentation and Public Speaking labs in our Middle School Experience. Click here to learn more about our Middle School Labs.
Sterling is a freshman at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. Sterling competed for Cypress Bay High School in Fort Lauderdale where she won the Tournament of Champions National Championship in Oral Interpretation. During her career, she had many late elimination round finishes including FFL State (2nd in OI and Semis in DUO), Sunvitational (3rd in HI, 4th in DUO, and 4th in POI), George Mason (6th in POI, Quarters in HI, Quarters in Poetry), Emory (Quarters in Prose/Poetry), Bronx Science (3rd in Prose Poetry) and Glenbrooks (Quarters in POI). This is Sterling's second year working at InterProd.
Andrea is a freshman at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She competed for Braddock High School in Miami, Florida. Andrea had a very successful speech career - winning the Princeton tournament and the Blue Key Tournament in Dramatic Interpretation. She also placed 3rd at the Tournament of Champions. She also reached elimination rounds at Emory University, Cypress Bay, Berkeley, the Sunvitational and the NSDA National Tournament. This is Andrea's second year working at InterProd.
Kimberly Lee is a graduating senior from Summit High School who has a strong passion for choosing speech with a meaning, and will be continuing her speech career through college. She comes with a strong belief that every speech should come from a place of truth and reality, no matter what category.She has finaled at numerous national tournaments, including being a 3-Time Yale Champion, Glenbrooks Champion, UKTOC Champion, 3-time Harvard finalist, and 2-time National semi-finalist. Her concentrations lie in DI and POI, but, as she says, "my roots are in OI, and OI will continue to have a dear spot in my heart." She is incredibly excited to join the Interprod staff this summer, and cannot wait to see everybody there this summer!