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Kathryn Starkey

Director of Forensics

Kathryn Starkey

Bio

After growing up in Jackson Hole, WY, Kathryn Starkey attended the University of Wyoming (UW), studying political science and social studies secondary education. While attending UW, Kathryn continued her passion for speech and debate from high school, competing in parliamentary debate. She ended her career her senior year as a semifinalist at the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship and finished as the top female-female team in the nation.

Once she graduated, Kathryn went on to coach parliamentary debate at Texas Tech University, where she earned her Master's Degree in Communication Studies, with a focus on presidential rhetoric and close-textual analysis. As a coach at Texas Tech, Kathryn helped coach a team to second place at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, and coached teams to multiple tournament wins throughout her tenure there. Kathryn continued to coach at Texas Tech for an additional year after graduation as a volunteer before moving to Pueblo to assume the role of Director of Forensics.​

She holds a M.A. in Communication Studies, B.A. in Political Science, and B.A. in Social Studies Secondary Education. She teaches Speaking & Listening, Leadership & Communication, and Political Communication. Her research interests include Presidential rhetoric, political communication, the rhetoric of political campaigns, close-text rhetorical analysis, rhetoric and pedagogy, and argumentation.

Other Activities

Her hobbies include speech and debate, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and her dog, Pax.

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