Teaching students from Christian families to communicate is Rebecca Starbeck’s passion. She also wants to perpetuate a passion for learning. Having spent over a decade as a coach and instructor, she appreciates the challenge of working with bold, outgoing students, as well as reluctant or shy students. Classes are filled with laughter and encouragement as students grow in skill.


  • Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County’s 2015 Teacher Coach of the Year (for her work with Mock Trial students)

Mock Trial  

  • Teacher Coach of Orange County’s Four-time Championship Mock Trial Team (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16)
  • Coached two students awarded as CRF Orange County “Orator of the Year” (2012-2013 and 2013-2014)


  • One of twelve coaches featured in the book, Coaching a Club (by Kim Anderson, Monument Publishing) (Rebecca Starbeck Nogy)

Homeschool Speech and Debate

  • Coached multiple trophy winners including four national champions (Open Interpretation-2009, Impromptu-2012 and Lincoln Douglas Value Debate-2010, Lincoln Douglas Value Debate-2013 )
  • Currently coaching FIRE Speech and Debate Team (2014-present)
  • Coaching/teaching through Saddleback Christian Academy SCARLET (2003 to 2014)

Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County (CRF-OC) 

  • Serving as a member of the Mock Trial Committee (2012-present)

Additional Experiences

  • Employed nearly 20 years by Kingsfield Church (responsibilities included coordinating Kingsfield Children’s Church for grades K-5)
  • Past Program Director of a group home facility for abused, abandoned or neglected children (specializing in behavior modification; ’87-’96)
  • Past competitor on the Orange Coast College Forensics Team
  • Experienced coach in multiple leagues: ACSI, Stoa, NCFCA, CRF-OC (2003 to present)

General Background

  • Mother of three (two sons and one daughter, all married)
  • 59 years young (60 at Christmas time!)
  • An introvert who fakes being an extrovert and values both type of individuals


  • Teaching/coaching/engaging with humor
  • Creativity in brainstorming approaches and solutions
  • Engaging and encouraging those who are reluctant
  • Team building
Phone 949-637-8573


Speech & Debate:Christian Worldview
Grade Level 3rd-6th
Day Monday
Time 2:10pm – 3:10pm
Campus Location Aliso Viejo Campus
Charter No
Course Description

Noteworthy Aspects of the Course

—Assignments that require outside of class preparation are alternated with assignments that require little or no outside preparation. There is also an attempt to keep load lighter during finals.
—Continuing enrollment, from year to year, means opportunity for continued growth.
—Class assignments are varied from year to year with a few favorites repeated.
—Students are not evaluated on a curve but against their own prior performances which serves to propel individual growth.
—This class is for students who are reluctant as well as those who thrive on performing (and every student in between those two extremes).
—New assignments are almost always given at the top of the class. This increases the importance of being on time.
—Teaching and Evaluation will include every aspect of content and delivery.

Typical Class Session
—Listen & Learn (instruction, new assignments, notes)
—Performances & Review (from peers & instructor) or in-class time to work on group assignments

The year focuses on three main areas:

Focus on Speech
—Introductions and Creating Class Connections
—Assignments likely include
—Gospel Presentation
—Platform speaking (an original composition, either fully scripted or fully outlined)
—Literature Interpretation (similar to acting)
—Limited Preparation Speaking (speeches that require little or no at home preparation.

Focus on Debate
—Elements of Argumentation
—Critical Thinking Exercises
—Common Fallacies
—4 Point Refutation

Focus on Mock Trial (depending on class skill level)
—Introduction to the various roles people play in court trials (judge, attorney, defendant, bailiff, jury, etc.)
—Introduction to terms and procedures commonly used in court trials
—Analyzing testimony and role playing

Tuition $225 per semester
Required Material 3-ring binder with a section especially for this class, pen or pencil (all other material is provided)
Other Information -There is a $10 non-refundable deposit required in order to complete registration. That $10 payment will be applied to your semester fee. After you register through ILA, further instructions will be emailed.