Cindi Timmons brings over four decades of debate experience and program leadership to the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. She is excited to share her love of lifelong learning and her extensive teacher and student training background with educators in DISD middle and high schools to help every student develop their voice, pursue their dreams, and contribute to their communities.
During her decades of experience in public and private schools, she has coached dozens of national and state champions in ten different events (including four different debate formats) while winning numerous coaching and teaching awards. She has also served the speech and debate community in local, state, national, and international leadership positions; in professional development training; in contributing articles to professional publications, both domestic and international; and in summer institute work. As part of her advocacy work, she created a summer program for rising high school students to help overcome content and skill gaps, and spent extensive time working to help gifted and talented students from lower income areas get the assistance they needed to achieve at the highest levels possible
As Team Manager and Co-Head Coach of the national USA Debate program she has helped lead the team to its best record in over two decades at world championships and in tournament championships on three continents. She also led the national team in public debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, and at the Republican Club in New York City for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.
She is a member of both the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame and the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame. She is actively engaged in promoting the cause of women and minorities in debate and has hosted four national tournaments for the National Speech & Debate Association, all in the Dallas metroplex.
In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, and can’t wait to resume traveling. She is a wife and proud mother of two sons.