Our Extemp Team

The Summit family is the whole reason for our success and why we have been a favorite choice since 1995. Whether you are coming for ExtempOratoryInterp, or Debate, we have a staff that is experienced in high school speech and debate. Our senior staff members typically have at least a decade of experience. We also use recent graduates to keep us fresh with new ideas and approaches. Below is the staff that will be working this summer.


Meredith Deaton
EXL Curriculum Director

Boston | Iowa

Meredith Deaton is the head debate and extemporaneous speaking coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She has been involved in speech & debate as a participant and coach since 1995.  Her students have won three out of the last five national championships in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.   She was  named the Northwestern University Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions Coach of the Year in 2014.  Since 2009, she has coached thirty-four national qualifiers in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and US and International Extemp.  This will be Meredith's second year with EXL.


Tanner Jones
EXL Lab Assistant

Tanner Jones was on Edina High School's speech and debate team for three years, serving as captain his junior and senior years. Jones competed in LD and PF, but Extemporaneous Speaking was his main event. Jones's greatest accomplishments include reaching finals of Glenbrooks, semifinals of ETOC, finals of NCFL Grandnationals, and receiving invitations to the Florida Blue Key and Montgomery Bell Academy Round Robins. Jones additionally placed 16th NSDAs as a junior and finaled at numerous other circuit and local tournaments during his career.  Tanner attended the 2017 Boston session of EXL. 


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Jenny Cook

Executive Director


Dario Camara

Operations Director


Steven Schappaugh

Debate Director