DebateAble makes learning to debate fun while kids grow as critical thinkers, confident public speakers, and collaborative teammates.

DebateAble is the only debate program developed exclusively for kids in upper elementary grades. Through games, activities, and relevant kids debate topics, students practice making and responding to arguments in an upbeat, positive environment. 

For more information, check out our general club registration information.

How Kids Debate Club Works

  • Debate Club meets 1x per week before or after school
  • Each session concludes with a debate match during the final club meeting. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
  • Recommended club size is 9-15 students.
  • Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions are offered throughout the year.
  • Session lengths and dates are are made to fit with your school's schedule.
  • Students may sign-up for multiple sessions.


DebateAble hosts an annual tournament for the Seattle Area After-School Debate Clubs. Tournaments provide an exciting and unique opportunity for each club to participate in inter-school debates.

The 2020 DebateAble Tournament is happening June 13th. Join us! 

And there's more...

  • Debate curriculum developed specifically for kids and designed to teach debate skills in a fun, interactive and supportive environment
  • Online registration and billing
  • Scholarships available
  • On-site coach training and club site visits
  • Debate match judging
  • Participation in our annual cross-school debate tournament

Watch DebateAble in action.

We see the empowerment that comes when upper elementary students participate in debate. From public speaking to civil discourse to teamwork, and more. Your students can do this too.  See for yourself.

Watch DebateAble Match Video>>

DebateAble Seattle Coaches

Berna Cristobal

Berna teaches second grade at Catharine Blaine K-8. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Sociology and Elementary Teaching Certificate. Teaching is her passion. Seeing students grow as the year progresses makes it 10x more rewarding. Growing up in Guam, she is a true islander who loves being close to the water. 

Amber Vandermeulen

Amber is a teacher at McDonald Elementary School currently teaching fifth grade Humanities. She lives Seattle Central District with her husband, two sons and cat.  Amber loves to travel and study languages. She lived and taught in France and Japan and traveled to many other countries.

Walid Malouf

Walid is a father, coach, business executive, and entrepreneur. He joined DebateAble out of his love for helping kids acquire skills to grow into confident, articulate and successful adults. He is the founder and producer of LifeHack, a life design bootcamp for high school students. He holds a BA in political science and economics from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from the HEC School of Management in Paris. He lives in Magnolia with his wife and two boys.

Sabeth Fitzgibbons

Sabeth always wanted to try debate in high school, but was too shy. Now she's excited to not only be coaching but also learning along with her students. Sabeth has a BA in English and Psychology from Seattle University, as well as advanced degrees in social work and theology. In her professional life, she has worked in non-profits, and is now an Episcopal priest. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Sabeth moved back to Seattle in 2016 with her husband, daughter, and son.

Melanie Wienecke

Melanie is an elementary teacher, biochemist, and park ranger from Colorado. She loves teaching, and especially enjoys sharing her love of science with people of all ages. Melanie has a BA in Biochemistry from Colorado College, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Southampton, England. As a student, she participated in speech and debate throughout junior high, high school, and college. Melanie enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, cooking, and dancing.

Sarah Holt (Program Manager)

Sarah was raised in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Seattle with her husband, Bill. Sarah has two teenage kids in the Seattle Public School system. Her love of working with kids was strengthened by countless hours volunteering in the classroom at John Hay Elementary. She has served as co-chair on the John Hay PTA and is currently on the Board of the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Sarah has supported DebateAble for several years as a tournament judge and coach, where she's committed to teaching kids the fundamentals of debate in an encouraging and fun atmosphere.

Sarah Yatsko

For the last ten years, Sarah has worked at the University of Washington researching public education policies and practices across the country. Before that she worked with arrested youth as a Sentencing Alternative Specialist in King County’s Juvenile Court. She has a B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. She is a Philadelphia native but Seattle, where she and her husband are raising their two children. 

Xena Eckert

Xena is an educator, activist and performer who currently teaches fourth grade at Salmon Bay School.  She has a degree in performance from Naropa University and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University.  She lives in Ballard with her two sons and two cats, practices Bollywood dance, throws interesting parties, and believes that people should wear capes more often.

Dominique Grandmougin 

Dominique is a French and a middle school drama teacher at the French American School of Puget Sound. He is also an educational leader at FASPS. Dominique came to the US 10 years ago. He has two daughters. One is in grade 7 at FASPS and the other one is now a freshman at Mercer island High School. Dominique has a passion for languages, drama and debate!


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