Communication & Debate
Alex Brehm has always been fascinated by human communication - especially the art of public presentation. After earning accolades on his high school speech and debate team, Alex began coaching speech while pursuing his B.A. in Communication at St. John's University (MN). Alex's love of coaching led him to the field of education, and he spent two years teaching middle and high school in Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. His decision to shift focus to teaching adults led him to the Pacific Northwest, where he earned an M.A. in Communication Studies at Portland State University. While at PSU, Alex studied media framing, political communication, and mediated communication, and presented research at the International Communication Association's convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alex is now proud to teach at Lower Columbia College and coach The Fighting Smelt - LCC's nationally ranked speech and debate team.
Stefanie loves everything about communication. It is essential in every aspect of our lives. Communication is within us, and all around us. Understanding how to communicate more effectively will contribute to an individual's success personally, academically, and professionally. Stefanie started her education at North Dakota State University earning Bachelor of Science degrees in both Mass Communication and Speech Communication. She worked in Journalism for a local news station, as a Public Relations assistant for campus programs, and helped edit well-known communication research journal while attending classes. She attended Colorado State University for her Master of Arts degree. While receiving her Master's degree, Stefanie was required to teach classes. This is when she discovered her love of teaching. She has taught for Portland Community College, Clark College, Portland State University, and Washington State University-Vancouver. Stefanie has been with Lower Columbia College since 2008, was hired full-time in 2013, and was awarded tenure in 2016. She teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Small Group Communication.