Coaches

MV SPEECH COACHES

HEAD COACH

Gavin Wong

Gavin Wong is in his seventh year as the Head Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. While competing at Monta Vista, Gavin qualified for the State Tournament in Duo Interpretation (2011, 2012) and in Humorous Interpretation (2013). He then went to Biola university and won three national championships in Program Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Dramatic Interpretation (2014, 2015). Gavin was then the Speech Coach at Biola University. Gavin leads Strategy and Operations 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), and the NSDA Diamond coach award (2022).

ASSISTANT COACHES

Terri Ettinger

Terri Ettinger is the Impromptu 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.

Yeshar Hadi

Yeshar Hadi is the Interpretation Events 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 is teaching at Cupertino HS. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kai Xiao

Kai Xiao is the Original Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. While competing at Monta Vista, Kai came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Stanford, MLK Logan, and ASU Invitationals
respectively in Original Oratory (2020). He also qualified for the State Tournament in Original Oratory (2020), while being the top 5 students competing in OO in California per the NSDA (2020). Kai is currently studying economics and sociology at UC Berkeley.

Nancy

Nancy is the Original Speech Coach at Monta Vista High School. Having done speech for 7 years, Nancy competed in Expository and Original Oratory. She placed in the top 7 Original Oratory speakers at the SCU Dempsey-Cronin Invitational (2016). Nancy placed in the top 14 of Expository speakers at the MLK Logan and Jack Howe invitationals (2018). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Nancy is working as a software engineer for a tech firm in California.