Jung E. Park Director of Speech / COO
Jung graduated in 1992 from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges cum laude, B.A. General Studies, with a concentration in English and American Literature and Language. During her time at Harvard, she was one of only a few undergraduates personally accepted into a graduate English course taught by the head of the Harvard English department. She was also among the select few consistently accepted into Harvard’s competitive creative writing courses. Jung also received her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law in 1996 and opened her own law office in 1998 in San Francisco. She won her first major trial, getting a six-figure judgment for her client. Because Jung has always had a love of teaching and helping high school students, Jung has also been tutoring students in SAT prep since her days in college (first as a Princeton Review tutor and later as a tutor at after school academies for Asian students). In recent years, Jung has also been helping students prepare for the college application process in her unique and powerful manner.
Michael Murray Lincoln Douglas Debate and Limited Prep Events Coach
Michael Murray is an educator and coach with over 12 years of speech and debate experience. Michael spent 9 years as a high school and college competitor and is going into his 5th year of coaching. Michael competed for De La Salle High School (Concord Ca), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Ca) and California State University of Long Beach (Long Beach, Ca). He graduated CSU Long Beach in 2014 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science with a focus in Global Studies. Michael primarily competed in parliamentary debate, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking, but has competed in almost all other speech and debate events. Michael has held a variety of coaching positions at different schools and forensics academies. Michael was Assistant Director and later the Director for Forensics at Oxford Academy High School (Cypress Ca), Director of Forensics at Cypress High School (Cypress, Ca) and Director of Debate at Honor Academy (Cerritos, Ca). Michael currently works for Nova 42 Academy as the head Lincoln Douglas debate coach. Michael has coached many students who qualified to multiple prestigious tournaments including the NSDA Championship, The Tournament of Champions, and the Californian High School State Championship. Some of the students Michael has coached won prestigious awards at these tournaments including, California Championship Top 15 in National Extemporaneous Speaking ( 2014), NSDA Congressional Debate Champion and 4th place finisher ( 2015,2016), Tournament of Champions Semifinalist in Congressional Debate (2016) , NSDA Middle School Extemporaneous Debate Champion (2017).
Ted Kim Public Forum Debate and Student Congress Coach and Math Extraordinaire
Math and Science Guru, Ted Kim is a utility player at Nova 42 Academy, mentoring and educating many of our student ends in Mathematics while at the same time coaching our Public Forum debaters with his outstanding academic approach to challenging debate resolutions. Ted is often described as simply Ted, because he has such a unique and fun approach to teaching. Ted is constantly studying and researching Mathematic strategies and drills. He is focused on more than just Math, but also on the application of math to the real world. His approach to Public Forum allows students to both understand the process and skills required, but also on the content and context of the topic. Ted is a well respected tutor and coach that has parents and students alike raving about his ability and care!
Ebru Dogan Public Forum Debate, Elementary Events and Little Novas Coach
"Ebru Dogan has been an instructor and coach at Nova 42 for two years, heading the Elementary and Little Novas program. She has qualified at the National level for Extemporaneous Speech and at the State level in Thematic Interpretation. She has several accolades under her belt ranging from league and invitational tournaments such as JV SPAR champion at Stanford, runner-up Extemporaneous Speaker at Arizona State University and runner-up JV Impromptu Speaker at Jack Howe Invitational. Her coaching at Nova has helped students attain many awards at both the Elementary and Middle School level such as guiding a team to Semi-Finals of Public Forum at the Berkeley Invitational. She is constantly creating new curriculum that allows students to learn and apply public speaking skills in fun and exciting ways. Her experience in the world of Speech and Debate and her dedication towards her students has helped cultivate a program that the students can now start early and carry with them for the rest of their life."