About The Founder
DebateSensei is a the flagship product of Proto Communications LLC, and has taken several years to come into focus. Teaching argumentation and debate to be more challenging than I expected, so I started seeking out alternative methods and content. I wondered if other instructors were experience the same challenges. When I didn’t find what I was looking for I created it. Creating quality content proved to be labor intensive, and I realized why more instructors didn’t do the same. But I wondered if there might be a way to sustainably and constantly create content that could meet the needs of the contemporary Argumentation and Debate instructors. Debatesensei is that attempt. I do this because I believe in the importance of the argumentation and debate.
Founder of DebateSensei, managing member of Proto Communications LLC Jared Kubicka-Miller, has been an argumentation and debate instructor for over ten years. He received is MA in Communications with an emphasis in rhetoric from California State University Long Beach. He has coached several award winning debaters, both at California State University, Long Beach, and at Santiago Canyon College. Jared participated in parliamentary debate as a college student and won several prestigious awards such as runner-up at the 2003 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, runner-up at the 2003 Point Loma Round Robin, and quarter-finalist at the 2003 National Parliamentary Debate Association national tournament.
Matthew Shapiro, managing member of Proto Communications LLC. In May of 2015, I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts Communication Studies with an emphasis in Argumentation and Persuasion. As a former competitor, at CSUF which culminated in a 1st Place at the 2014 National Education Debate Association, at Ball State, Muncie IN, in Traditional Public Forum. I met Jared first, in 2008, as a student of his at Santiago Canyon College in Orange CA taking his Argumentation COM 111 class. That culminated in competing under Jared (sensei) and his better half Tara, who took SCC to Phi Rho Pi Nationals in 2009, where I competed in: Impromptu and Extemp Speech Events, and took Bronze in Parliamentary Debate. I have coached at the intercollegiate level at SCC forensics from 2014-16. I coached at the Middle and High School levels at Uni Institute, Cerritos CA 2015-2016. I have continued competition at Western State College of Law as a member of Moot Court, and after passing the CA Bar Examination, god willing, I seek to create course content for trial practice and moot court class structures, as well as incorporate interactive functionality with law school course work.
Rita Rafael, managing member of Proto Communications LLC. In 2017, Rita graduated from Chapman University in Orange California with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Rita competed two years Informative, Persuasive, Communication Analysis, as well as interpretative events including Prose, and Duo. Rita has coached for two years at the community college level and hopes to grow the studies of communications and forensic competition.
Tim Seavey, Assistant to the Regional Proto Communicator. In 2015, Tim graduated Magna Cum Lauda from Chapman University majoring in Communication and Philosophy with a minor in Computer Science. Tim was president of his speech and debate teams through through high school and college. After 3 years of collegiate competition totaling 76 awards in Impromptu, Extemp, Duo, Prose, Informative, Com Analysis, and Parliamentary Debate, including 18 national awards and nine top-10 national finishes, he chose to step back from competing and coach the Chapman Team. He found his true passion coaching and expanding the speech and debate community through non-profits, ventures like Proto Communications, and classroom instruction with middle, high school, and college students across Orange County and San Diego. Tim is now an Assistant Coach of the San Diego State University Forensics Team.
Proto Communications LLC seeks to deliver high quality multimedia course materials at reasonable cost to the modern student, Debatesensei is the first product of Proto Communications that provides cutting edge, flipped class and online curriculum for various argumentation and communication courses. Please do not hesitate to contact us about creating courses for your class.