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.
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.