Teacher, Debate Coach
Chicago Public Schools
Robert W. Edwards is the Head Debate Coach of Phoenix STEM Military Academy in Chicago. He recently celebrated 20 years of coaching in Chicago Debates, and is the 2022 recipient of the S.E. Sanders Award for “exemplary dedication and love of teaching debate.” His program has served over 250 students, including recipients of scholarships to The University of Kentucky, Cornell, and Northwestern University. Mr. Edwards teaches that Debate connects to real world problems and solutions, and that a debater must be invested in Social Justice. In his spare time he enjoys martial arts, open mic poetry, and gardening.