Aaron Timmons, Jr., Director of Debate

(972) 628-5606  |  timmonsa@greenhill.org
Aaron Timmons, Jr. is the Director of Debate at Greenhill School. A veteran educator, and Greenhill Faculty Leader, Timmons has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Speech & Debate Association, The Tournament of Champions, and the Texas Forensic Association. In 2000, he was listed as one of the top coaches of the 20th century by the National Speech & Debate Association. Timmons has published several educational publications and is a frequent presenter of workshops on debate pedagogy both domestically, and internationally. In 2014, Timmons was chosen as a Coach of the National Speech & Debate Associations version of the Olympic team for high school debate, the USA Debate Team. A former National Debate Coaches Association Educator of the Year, Timmons is one of only three coaches in the history of the National Speech & Debate Association to win National Championships in policy debate and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. He is the only coach to have multiple champions in both divisions, and in 2020, coached a World Schools and Poetry Interpretation champion as well. While the Greenhill Debate Team has a history of success, Timmons believes that the activity of Speech & Debate serves as a vehicle in aiding young people in telling their stories and preparing them to better themselves, and their communities.
 

Allie Chase, Ph.D., Associate Debate & Speech Coach

(972) 628-5604  |  chasea@greenhill.org
Dr. Allie Chase has almost a decade of debate coaching experience, including six years at the University of Kansas where she coached teams to elimination rounds at every national tournament as well as countless regional tournaments. She has coached the Rex Copeland Award recipients, NDT champions, and two NDT top speakers. She has coached NSDA National Tournament champions, CFL National Tournament champions, and TOC finalists. In her first year at Greenhill, her teams were champions of the UT-Austin Tournament and TFA State finalists. Dr. Chase was an NDCA Rising Star Award recipient and the NSDA Texas District 2 New Coach of the Year in 2021. In addition to the competitive aspects of debate, Dr. Chase believes deeply in the transformative potential of argument for personal growth, education, and socio-political change.
 

Demarcus Powell, Speech & Debate Assistant

(972) 628-5411  |  powelld@greenhill.org
Demarcus Powell has almost a decade of experience in debate he debated at Crowley High School and The University of Texas at Dallas. He competed in both Lincoln-Douglas and Policy Debate, respectively. Powell graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in the Spring of 2017 holding a B.A. in Historical Studies, and in the Fall of 2020 holding a M.A. in Public Affairs. Powell has competed at all levels of debate qualifying for elimination rounds in both activities. In addition, Powell has coached and judged at some of the most prestigious high school tournaments in the country. Powell is looking forward to using his unique prospective to engage a new generation of young minds and communicate to them not just the skills of debate but how to be a better citizens and people.
 

Cynthia Timmons, Assistant Coach

Cynthia Timmons has been involved in debate for more than 40 years and currently serves as Executive Director of the Dallas Area Debate Alliance. During her 30-year career in public schools, Timmons coached numerous national and state champions and earning several coaching awards along the way. Timmons has served as the Speech & Debate community in both national and state leadership positions where she has led professional development training courses. Timmons is the Team Manager and coach for the USA Debate Team. Timmons is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame as well as the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame. She is actively engaged in promoting the cause of women in debate and teacher professional development. Internationally, Timmons has served an elected board member of WSDC, Ltd. and a two-term member of the WSDC Tournament Executive Committee.
 

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