Since 2011, I’ve enjoyed plenty of success as a spelling bee coach, with many students working with me. A fair number of them have qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. A handful ended up among the semifinalists – the top 50 spellers in the nation. A few even qualified for the coveted finals. And one speller I’ve worked with even became a co-champion: Vanya Shivashankar, in 2015. Needless to say, this has been a great experience. Just as I loved being a speller years ago, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping ambitious and talented spellers hone their skills as well.
My business has grown well, and with it, demand for my services. So here is the next iteration: Panda Spell. The name reflects my dedication to helping students both in the United States as well as China learn more about the English language, particularly in the realm of spelling. But where did China enter the picture?
In 2015, I was contacted by Dean Zhang, an entrepreneur from the bustling city of Tianjin, China, just outside Beijing. He was hoping to create a spelling program in China as well. Since then, the group Spelling Bee of China has developed a nationwide spelling bee program for Chinese students. I have been honored to be their main academic advisor, including pronouncing for their national spelling bee each spring in Beijing.
I have moved my website to Panda Spell, so if you want to follow me and stay on top of developments here, come back and check out www.pandaspell.com for further spelling tips and coaching opportunities.