Meet Your Lincoln Douglas Value Debate Instructors


Lance Ouellette

“Coach Lance" competed in Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate, as well as speech and theatre events, in high school. He most recently served as the Lincoln Douglas debate head coach of Invictus Fides Speech & Debate Club for two years where he coached students who have been tournament champions, as well as many who have qualified to compete at NITOC (Stoa’s annual National Invitational Tournament of Champions). He is the new head coach of Lincoln Douglas debate at Fortify Speech & Debate Club in Flower Mound, Texas.

He earned a B.A. in Economics from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He also completed all coursework and internship requirements for the Masters of Theology Degree (ThM.) at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as a missionary in Spain and as a chaplain, as well as ministering to youth and at-risk youth. He and his wife, the wonderful Erin Ouellette, who is also a speech coach at Fortify, homeschool their nine children still living at home, all of whom compete (or will do so when they are old enough) in Stoa.

Kaleb Hall

Alumni and coach, Kaleb enjoyed competing in Stoa for Invictus Fides for six years and competitive speech and debate for around a decade altogether. Kaleb has received invitations to five NITOCs and participated at four. During the 2016-2017 season, he ranked first in Texas and 12th in the nation in Lincoln Douglas debate, made it to semifinals in Persuasive Speaking, and placed 6th at NITOC in Parliamentary debate.

For Kaleb, speech and debate was never about the competition nearly as much as it was about the people and friendships he made, as evidenced by being happily engaged to another Stoa alumni, the beautiful Amaris Watje from the New Braunfels club Action! As a sophomore at UT Arlington, Kaleb is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Communication and Business.

Hayden J. Sparks

Hayden has been involved in Stoa for seven years as a student, alumni judge, and coach. Hayden competed in Lincoln Douglas value debate and Parliamentary debate, as well as in speech events that included Extemporaneous, Open Interpretation, and Persuasive. In his freshman year of high school, Hayden advanced to quarterfinals at his second tournament, quickly realizing that competitive debate was what he loved to do. During his time in high school, Hayden won four tournaments in Lincoln Douglas value debate. Hayden has also participated in civic theater and politics and is a member of Richardson Noon Toastmasters. He was a delegate to the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. Since graduating high school, he has stayed involved in Stoa, serving as an alumni judge and coach to pay forward what so many committed parents, alumni, and members of the community invested in him.