Summer Camp

Happy Learning Summer Camp

Happy Learning teachers want to provide the best learning opportunities in the Metro Area. Students will receive the best instruction, coaching, lectures, and learning opportunities for a range of academic courses. Every student will be guaranteed quality lectures, drills, practice, and a culminating showcase event. You will also be provided some of the best instructors, including multiple state and national champions.

Middle School Course Offerings:

Week 1: 6/22-26 – $140 per session. If you do AM and PM, we discount that to $248/week. If you do 2 classes both weeks, we discount that to $480.
AM –
-Speech (grades 5-6)
-Debate (grades 7-8)
PM –
-Debate (grades 5-6)
-Speech (grades 7-8)

Week 2: 6/29-7/3– $140 per session. If you do AM and PM, we discount that to $248/week. If you do 2 classes both weeks, we discount that to $480.
AM –
-Science (grades 5-6)
-Debate (grades 7-8)
PM –
-Writing (grades 5-8)
-Science (grades 7-8)

High School Course Offerings:

6/22- 6/26 – 1 week Debate – $248
6/22- 6/23 – Coaching camp – $50

Registration + Costs:

Registration is 2 parts – completing the information survey and payment.
Part 1: Registration –
Part 2- Payment. You must pay your sessions via PayPal –
*Once you complete the survey and payment, a follow up email will be sent to you confirming both are done.
**We make staffing decisions based on enrollment. Anyone that cancels after June 1 will not receive a full refund.


Why Happy Learning Course Offerings?

  • Championship level coaching
  • Premier lectures and instruction
  • Best value

Where is the Camp?

Emmanuel Chinese Baptist Church
10101 England Dr, Overland Park KS, 66212.
Close to highway 69 & 435

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Jared Zuckerman is the camp director and can be reached at During the camp or via appointment, his cell is 913-709-6260.

What about the schedule?

Middle school -AM courses go from 9:00AM-12:30; PM courses go from 1:30PM-5:00.
High school – 9:00 AM-12:30, lunch break, 1:30-5:00.
Lunch – We will provide supervision over lunch. We do not provide food, but we will do our best to offer refrigeration.

Staff Biographies

Camp Director:

Jared Zuckerman

Former Director at Blue Valley Southwest and current Assistant Coach at Glenbrook North, IL. His team was the first in KS history to win the NSDA national championship. They also won the 2017 and 2018 NCFL national championships, were the TOC finalists, and received the Ungar Cup as the nation’s top team. As a coach, he received the 2018 National Debate Coaches Association Coach of the Year and NSDA Ted Belch Coach of the Year. He won 11 state championships as a coach.


Brian Box

Director at Blue Valley North. Eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Kansas, Glenbrook South and Campus. Former director of the Jayhawk Debate Institute. Coached multiple NDT elimination round participants, TOC semi-finalists, he was a quarterfinalist at the NDT and top speaker at CEDA nationals for Wichita State.

Carolyn Cook

Director at Shawnee Mission South. Her team was the 2017 State Runner Up and finished in the final four in 2015 and 2016. She has qualified 7 Policy Debate entries to nationals over the past three years and finished 8th in the country at 2017 NSDA Nationals, including the 5th Speaker. She was recognized as the 2015-16 DCI Coach of the Year.

Chris Fry

Graduate of Blue Valley Southwest and the University of Kansas. Two time NDT qualifier, assistant coach for 5 years, including work for BVSW. Currently, working for Glenbrook North and the University of Georgia. Coached the NSDA champions, TOC runner-up, 3 CFL finalists and 2-champions.

Annie Goodson

In her second year as the head coach at Mill Valley High School. During her first year at Mill Valley she qualified teams to four-speak and two-speak state competitions and attended national qualifying tournaments all for the first time in school history. Her students finished in octofinals at state in 2018.

Katie Lesando

Instructor at Blue Valley Southwest High School, in her 9th year teaching. She was a pioneer in integrating multiple subjects into her science classroom. Ms. Lesando prides herself on project based meaningful learning, which has lead to the development of curriculum units she presented about at the National Literacy Design Conference in 2016.  Ms. Lesando’s number one passion has been all things science. She brings this joy and passion  into the classroom every day.