Head Coaches

Please meet our highly knowledgeable coaching Staff.

Scott Brown

Scott has taught and operated debate camps for middle and high school students for over a decade. Scott has coached the top overall individual debate speaker at Harvard, the Harvard Round Robin, NSDA Middle School Nationals, the Glenbrooks, Wake Forest, the University of Kentucky, Jack Howe, and the NYC Invitational. Scott  previously coached for Fullerton Union High School, Capitol Debate, and the Asian Debate League. Recognizable specifics for 2020-2021: Seven breaking LD debaters at the Stanford Invitational with two speaker awards in MS LD, Open LD, and TOC LD / Four breaking LD debaters at the Cal Berkeley Invitational in JV and Varsity LD / Five state tournament qualifiers including 1st place winner in Lincoln-Douglas debate

Kitiny Phumchun

Kitiny began her debate career in policy and parliamentary debate in college, achieving accolades at the local and national level such as first place at the Southern California Intercollegiate Oratorical Contest and the prestigious title of All-American in debate. Seeking to give back to the debate community, she found Honor Academy, and since then, she has coached numerous students to success, including the semifinalists at the state level championship tournament. Recognizable specifics for 2020-2021: Multiple breakers at the Stanford Invitational with a speaker award in MS PF and Open PF / State tournament qualifying teams including 1st place winning team and 2nd place team

Carlos Pelayo

Carlos has been coaching speech and debate for four years and holds extensive experience in competing in collegiate forensics. In his competitive career, Carlos has competed in Policy, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas debate; in speech, he’s competed in extemporaneous, impromptu, informative, persuasive, and after-dinner speaking. In each event and style of debate, Carlos has earned numerous awards at the local and state level tournaments. Recognizable specifics for 2020-2021: NIETOC Nationals qualifier (1st place) in Original Oratory / State qualifiers in Informative/Expository speaking and in Impromptu (including 1st place) / Octofinalist in Open Impromptu at the Cal Berkeley Invitational