Debate teacher has students talking

ENCOURAGING WORDS—Audrey Israel, left, grooms one of her students to become a debate team winner. Courtesy photoAudrey Israel began coaching the Oak Park High School debate team in 2015, when her twin sons were freshmen at the school.
The team that started with 11 members grew to 43 students by 2019 and had won a number of competitive tournaments.
When her sons were seniors, she said, “a mother approached me and wanted me to teach the middle school kids debate. I had been teaching high schoolers...

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