Hi there spellers! My name is Erin Howard. I am a four-time morning finalist, three-time night finalist, and 2019 "octochamp" of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Unfortunately, I am no longer open for long-term coaching slots at the moment, but please feel free to request an InCall and ask me any questions you have! I will help you form a study plan and offer you resources. More slots will open up this summer as the school year comes to an end!
As someone who has competed in spelling bees since the second grade, I know what it takes to succeed in competitive spelling. I am familiar with Scripps' apparent preferences and tendencies when assembling their competition word list (i.e. which languages of origin they use the most, what makes a good vocabulary word, etc). I have been an enthusiastic learner of roots, language patterns, and etymology for many years. I can acquaint you with dozens of languages of origin and their idiosyncrasies, and I can help you use your knowledge to decipher words you haven't seen. I would also be glad to offer advice about spelling resources and study methods or provide you with some of the topical and etymological lists I used during my own spelling career.
Some of my hobbies include playing the piano, trombone, and drum set, as well as composing music, reading, and writing. I have been involved with my school's cyber security team, Science Olympiad team, and academic team. I am an affable and dedicated person who enjoys helping others.
If you are a serious speller motivated to advance past your current level of competition, please consider becoming my student! I will do my best to work with you to help you achieve your goal.