A globally recognized debate academy, helping thousands of families.

Potomac Debate Academy regularly wins top awards at all levels of competition, from Novice to Varsity.  We are the 2022, 2023 and 2024 Harvard Middle School Champions, International Public Policy Forum World Champions, and National Tournament of Champions Finalists.

A strong belief in, and deep
commitment to, every student.

Our Philosophy

At Potomac Debate Academy, we believe that every student has a unique voice and the potential to become an effective communicator.  We achieve that through expert coaching, individual attention, strong competition, and a chance to have fun.

Our History

We opened in 2014 with a desire to teach debate and public speaking, to help students discover the wide-ranging benefits of those skills.  As a committed debate academy, we’ve grown immensely since then, helping thousands of students every year, in grades 2 through 12, across the country.

PDA Leadership
  • Elisa Chen Sukhobok President
  • Jason Begun Vice President
  • Katie Humphries Director
  • Jessica Begun Academy Manager
  • Ray S. Head Speech & Debate Coach
  • Abigail S. Lead Debate Coach & Social Media Manager
  • Raymond M. Lead Debate Coach & Administrator
  • Lourdes M. Client Support Specialist
  • Chrystal P. Client Support Specialist


Benefits of Debate