Speech and Debate Coach/ Humanities Teacher Harvard University, MA (in progress) UC Berkeley, BA email: lani.frazer [at] sonomaacademy.org phone: (707) 545-1770
Speech and Debate Coach Lani Frazer has been involved in the Speech and Debate community since her high school years in Petaluma. She has been coaching at Sonoma Academy at the local, state, and national level since 2015, and became Head Coach in 2019. She has been teaching in the Humanities Department since 2020.
While attending UC Berkeley, Lani realized that her participation in Speech and Debate prepared her for the intellectual rigor of college in a unique way. Knowing this, Lani decided to become a coach because she wanted to give back to the community and support students in developing lifelong skills. “Speech and Debate helps competitors develop critical thinking skills that allow them to grapple with and advocate for complex topics,” she says, “and it instills an understanding that there are multiple perspectives to every issue.”
“I love working at SA because we challenge students to think outside the box and explore issues that matter to them,” she says. “It’s my honor and privilege to coach at SA and help guide students into becoming persuasive and confident speakers.”
Speech and Debate helps competitors develop critical thinking skills that allow them to grapple with and advocate for complex topics.
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