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Coach Bios

Students at ETHS have access to one of the most experienced and successful coaching staffs in the nation. While our coaches generally specialize in particular events, one of our chief strengths as a staff is that we all bring unique perspectives to every event. 

Jeff Hannan is the Director of Speech and Debate. He was a nationally successful high school and collegiate competitor in both speech and debate events. In addition to coaching and teaching speech and debate, he is an AVID teacher and an academic support specialist. He has been coaching at ETHS since 2008.

Raja Archie, everyone: Tacos, feminism, and awesome Congressional Debate legislation. It's lit. 


Mawuli Grant Agbefe is a Chicagoan graduate of Baylor University; he is an audiophile, bibliophile, cinephile, and a 
big Steely Dan fan. Two of his favorite movies are the Big Lebowski and The Royal Tenenbaums; his favorite color is Nantucket Red. He'll be coaching our Policy Debate squad.

Josh Shaffer is a Communications Major at Loyola University Chicago. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he competed in speech for four years at the high school level. His hobbies include singing, drag performance, and flipping over the pillow to the cool side. He is pumped to work with the Interp squad!

Monica Lani is a proud Homewood-Flossmoor speech team alum. Ms. Lani studied acting at the National Theatre Institute and graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre. She has acted in productions around Chicagoland and currently works as an English Humanities and Reading teacher at ETHS. She'll be assisting our Speech Events this year.

Clark Foster is an ETHS alum (c/o 2014). He likes the White Sox, Drake, and Pau Gasol. He speaks a little bit of German. He will, in fact, milly rock on any block. He coaches Public Forum debate. 

Clare Delgado has been teaching Spanish at ETHS since 1992. She is an ETHS alumna and a lifelong Evanston resident. She has been an assistant coach at ETHS since 2013; she enjoys running, reading, music, and spending time with the delightful, fun, intellectually curious, an entertaining ETHS Speech and Debate team.

Ashley Ellis is a freshman at Northwestern University. She participated in speech and debate for three years in high school and continues to do so at a collegiate level. She will work with our Policy Debate squad.

Anand Raman is a Northwestern student who competed in both debate and speech events in high school. He is eager to work with students in the Limited Prep events, as well as assisting with our Public Forum work.

Leah Dunlevy is a Northwestern student graduating in 2019 with a double major in international studies and journalism. She's especially interested in social justice issues in the US and around the world. She competed in speech and debate and is excited to be assisting the Public Forum team!