Meet Coach Reese

Reese Johnson joins LearningLeaders as a Lead Coach of our Public Speaking Program from Brooklyn, New York, USA.  As one of the most decorated public speaking competitors in all of the United States, Reese is a three-time USA National Public Speaking Champion. She is also former Captain of the Western Kentucky University Forensics Team, winners of the USA National Asynchronous Speech Championships (ASC). 
Reese’s expertise includes nearly every competitive format of Public Speaking. Most recently in 2022, Reese won the national Collegiate Sweepstakes Championships in the Overall Category, Duo Interpretation, and Prose Interpretation. She also placed second nationally in Informative Speaking and reached the National Semi-finals in Dramatic Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation. 
Throughout her competitive career, she’s competed in speech for over 8 years and in over 10 national final rounds of Duo Interp, including NSDA, NIETOC, NCFL, AFA, and NFA.   
Reese’s coaching experience is robust, as she helped coach the Duo National Champions at NSDA in 2019.  Among coaches, Reese is particularly known for her emphasis on Thesis Writing, Character Work, and Blocking and Sound Design. 

Courses at LL

While courses and coaches vary Season-to-Season, you will generally find Reese working with students in the LearningLeaders Debate Program.

  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Distinguished
  • Elite