About Our Teachers
Introducing our DiF teachers! They are eager to engage with students and lead them through exciting debate-based games and discussions.
Meet The Team
Callie, originally hailing from Palo Alto, CA, is a second-year psychology major at the University of Chicago. She has a strong passion for education—it’s been her dream to become a teacher ever since middle school—and she’s had a lot of teaching experiences in the past, from camp counseling to tutoring kids in music theory and math. When Callie isn’t teaching, you can find her rehearsing with her a cappella group Unaccompanied Women, writing in her journal, or making/eating banana chocolate chip pancakes.
Dan is a fourth-year at the University of Chicago, majoring in Economics and Creative Writing. He is very involved with UChicago's Model UN clubs, and is the Secretary-General of the UChicago's High School MUN conference, MUNUC. He spends much of his free time baking and going on runs. Dan loves working at DiF, as debate is a great way to inspire confidence and leadership in students.
Caroline is a fourth year student at the University of Chicago studying Psychology and Comparative Human Development, with the hopes of eventually becoming a clinical child psychologist. She has been working with DiF for over 2 years as both a teacher and as a curricular design intern, and is excited to start a new year of arguments, games, and debates with our DiF students!
Sophia Lam is a rising fourth-year at UChicago majoring in Chemistry and Political Science. In addition to DiF, she's a member of The Gate, Maroon Tutor Match, and Phi Alpha Delta. She loves working with DiF because debate has helped her be confident and think critically, and hopes to help students develop those skills as well.
Chloe is a fourth-year student attending the University of Chicago studying Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. She has been a teacher and administrative staff member at Debate it Forward for almost three years now and it has been one of the highlights of her time in Chicago. At her university, Chloe is a competitive member of UChicago’s Mock Trial Team, the Deputy Communications Director for UChi Votes, Votes, a member and mentor for Women+ in Law, a music broadcaster for Midwave Radio, and a research assistant in the Political Science Department. Her favorite part of working at DiF is getting to see her students grow their public speaking skills and gain more confidence in the classroom.
Savannah hails from the rural area of Washington state. She is pursuing BA degrees in Public Policy and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago. Her love of knowledge and desire to find joy in the little things motivates her to embrace every day, and every challenge, with an open mind and smile to match. Savannah is driven to enrich those she interacts with, and to learn something new, from everyone she meets, any time she can.
Harry is a rising senior at the University of Chicago studying English literature and Cinema. As a former high school debater and member of Uchicago’s mock trial team, Harry is extremely excited to help students become confident public speakers and build comprehensive leadership and communication skills. Harry is currently pursuing his master’s degree in English Literature and hopes to enter academia in the near future.
Walter Li is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is working towards his B.A. in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. They are excited to be part of the educational community at Debate it Forward and teach an engaging and fun curriculum.
I’m a rising senior at DePaul University in the Honors Program, majoring in History and minoring in American Politics, American Studies, and French. I’ve been in Chicago for three years now, but I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio. This is my second year of working at DiF and I’ve loved every minute of it. Being able to work with students has shown me that no matter your age you can be a leader and force of good in the world. Outside of DiF I serve the Vice President of Foundation for my sorority and as Vice President of the Greek honors society. In my free time I enjoy reading, running, and volunteering within the greater Chicago community!