Tommie Lindsey believes in the power of words to do just about anything. And he should know. Lindsay is a debate coach at high school outside San Jose, CA where kids are labeled at risk and few go on to college. But by teaching his students to use language, drama and emotion, Lindsay has helped many overcome broken homes and move on to the Ivy League. Lindsey believes that mastering the art of a persuasive argument is any student’s ticket to the future. Teaching his students discipline, manners and the turn of a good phrase, he’s instilling self-respect and self-esteem, and giving hope to students who have little to begin with.
Tommie Lindsey, Debate coach at James Logan High School in Union City, CA and winner of a MacArthur Genius Award.