MV SPEECH COACHES
Gavin Wong is in his fifth year as the Head Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. Before Monta Vista, Gavin was the Speech Coach at Biola University. As a student at Monta Vista, he founded the Kennedy Speech Team. Gavin heads NAMER Ops and Strategy at a tech firm in San Francisco. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Biola University. He is a recipient of the NSDA Donus D. Roberts Quad Ruby Coach Award (2017).
Terri Ettinger is an Assistant Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. She is an active member of ToastMasters for over eight years and served as its President. Terri is also a Speech judge for FBLA, CLASH and ToastMasters competitions. Prior to ToastMasters, Terri worked in sales and helped establish a tech company’s first office in Europe which was later acquired by a multinational firm. She has an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Eric D’sa is an Assistant Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. As a Monta Vista Speech alumnus, Eric was a finalist at the James Logan Invitational in Extemporaneous Speaking (2014), and in Original Advocacy (2015). He has also finaled in Original Oratory (2014). Outside of Speech, Eric is a software engineer for a ride-sharing company located in San Francisco. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in EECS from UC Berkeley.
Yeshar Hadi is an Assistant Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. While competing at Monta Vista, he qualified and finaled at the State tournament (2009) and qualified to the National tournament (2011). Yeshar has worked in data science and environmental non-profits. Currently, he teaches English as a Second Language online. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Amita Mahajan is an Assistant Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. While competing at Monta Vista, Amita was a finalist at the Logan, Stanford, and SCU Invitationals for Original Oratory and Original Advocacy. She was ranked by the NSDA as Top 10 in California for Original Oratory and served as the MV Speech President for three years. Amita is currently a junior studying History and Data Science at UC Berkeley.