Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science - Education, Emporia State University, '08 Areas of Certification - Speech, Drama, English Master's of Special Education - Gifted, Fort Hayes State University, '17
Mr. Kelly Thompson
Debate 1, 2, 3, 4
Appreciation of Literature - TO BE ADDED LATER
Forensics 1, 2, 3, 4
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This is my first year teaching & coaching at Free State HS. Previously, I have spent five seasons coaching Debate and Forensics at Hutchinson High School and three years coaching Debate at Blue Valley North (where I was also an Assistant Forensics Coach). I have also taught courses in Philosophy, Speech, and ACT/SAT Prep. Prior to that I spent time debating and coaching debate at Emporia State University and Washburn Rural High School. This season will be my 16th year involved with policy debate, as a competitor and coach, in high school and college. In my time coaching, students have: won a 2-Speaker State Debate Championship (2010), won three other state debate trophies (3rd place, 4-Speaker 2015; 3rd place, 4-Speaker 2016; 3rd place, 2-Speaker 2016), twice placed in the top four of the 6A State Forensics Tournament (2013, 2014), qualified 25+ teams to the Debate Coaches' Invitational, qualified 10+ teams to the NSDA and NCFL National Debate Tournaments, Qualified 40+ students to the NSDA and NCFL National Speech Tournaments, won the 2017 Novice State Championship, twice won the Novice State Sweepstakes Award (2016, 2017), named a School of Excellence in Debate at the NSDA National Tournament (2013), and been offered/awarded 10's of thousands of dollars in Debate and Speech Scholarships to universities throughout the nation. As a result of those students successes, I have twice been named the Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational Coach of the Year (2013, 2017) and was named the 2013 Educator of the Year by the Kansas Speech Communication Association. I have served for seven years as a member of our NSDA District Committees, and for three years as the Kansas Speech Communication Association Secretary. Outside of Debate and Forensics, I enjoy rooting for and watching: Chiefs Football, Royals Baseball and the Kansas State Wildcats. My wife and I have a five year old daughter, Kendall, who is starting Kindergarten in Spring Hill this year. My wife teaches Pre-K Special Education in Spring Hill. This summer, I completed my Master's Degree in Special Education - Gifted from Fort Hayes State University.