Phone: 785-330-4913


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 

Forensics 1, 2, 3, 4 

Comms130 (dual credit with KU)

****Please always email me with questions or concerns - I am very responsive to email and regularly reply outside of the normal work day. It is the easiest and most effecient way to communicate with me. My email is

Course Platforms: We will use primarily Google Classroom and WebEx for my courses. The Google Classroom information has been sent out and students and parents should be able to join. Please email me if you have not received the information or have other questions and concerns. 

My WebEx link for the duration of remote learning will be:


Class Schedule: 

Zero Hour - Advanced Debate

First Hour - Debate 1

Second Hour - Comms130

Third Hour - Debate 1

Fourth Hour - Advanced Debate

Fifth Hour - Advanced Debate 

Sixth Hour - Plan 


About Me: 

This will be my fourth year teaching & coaching at Free State HS. I have previously 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, English 10 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 20th year involved with policy debate, as a competitor and coach, in high school and college.

In my time coaching, students have: won two 2-Speaker State Debate Championship (2010, 2019), won five other state debate trophies (3rd place, 4-Speaker 2015; 3rd place, 4-Speaker 2016; 3rd place, 2-Speaker 2016, 2nd place, 4-Speaker 2018; 2nd place, 2-Speaker, 2018), won one State Speech Champoinship (2019) and placed in the third at the State Speech Champoinship (2018). We have qualified 30+ teams to the Debate Coaches' Invitational, qualified 14+ 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), a School of Honor at the 2020 NSDA National Tournament, 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 been named the Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational Coach of the Year three times (2013, 2017, 2018) and was named the 2013 Educator of the Year by the Kansas Speech Communication Association. 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 an eight year old daughter, Kendall, who will be in 3rd grade this year at Spring Hill Elementary. My wife teaches Pre-K Special Education in Spring Hill. In my spare time, I also write professional about the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL, and enjoy collecting Chiefs memorabilia.