Level 1: Bee-ginner Spelling

A fun, group course for beginning spellers!
This class will begin in the summer of 2019 after the National Spelling Bee. Below is an example of last year's schedule.

Week of June 3 - Training (students have one week to study for the next class!)
Week of June 10 - Snehaa & Gokul
Week of June 17 - Snehaa
Week of June 24 - Snehaa & Gokul
Week of July 1 - Snehaa & Gokul
Week of July 8 - Snehaa & Gokul
Week of July 15 - Gokul
Meet the coaches
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Above: Coaches for the June 2018 class include Gokul Venkatachalam, co-winner of the 2015 NSB and Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, 2nd place finisher of the 2016 NSB. Both have been coaching individual students for Hexco for over a year.

Introduce your youngest child to the love of spelling ...

Wondering if your youngest is ready to enter the spelling arena? Not sure where to start? Our Bee-ginner spelling class will allow you to explore your young child's potential while working with two of the best spellers in the nation. The only requirement is that your child must know how to read. This is a fun, once-in-a-lifetime experience to excite youngsters about the world of words! This 6-week class is geared toward “brand new” spellers who have minimal or no spelling bee preparation or experience.
Class length:
6 weeks, 30 to 60 minutes per weekly session depending on number of enrollees
  • Computer, internet access, web-cam, and microphone are required as classes will be held via Skype or similar video service
  • Spell Buddies 1-8 eMentor ($149-gives 1-year access to this product); 8,000 words
  • Home monitoring by parent is required for this age student


  • Assignments will be given weekly and will include basic studying of 3 languages, 3 topical lists, Latin and Greek roots, puzzles, Spell Buddy eMentor and additional eMentor sets
  • Language patterns, spelling bee tips, root explanations, spelling bee patterns, and more will be studied weekly


$1300 for the 6-week class. A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your child’s spot.
Start date will be confirmed upon enrollment.

Recommended for class, but not required:

Subscription to the Merriam Webster’s Online Unabridged DictionarySpelling Rules Book

Our Bee-ginners class will be conducted by Gokul Venkatchalam, co-winner of the 2015 National Spelling Bee and Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, 2nd place finisher at the 2016 National Spelling Bee. The class curriculum is designed to gradually teach spelling and language patterns starting with basic Greek and Latin root work and helps very young spellers begin building a basic spelling and vocabulary foundation in a fun classroom environment! We'll use entertaining puzzles and more!


Gokul Venkatachalam is a sophomore in high school. He competed in the National Spelling Bee four times, placing 10th, 19th, 3rd, and eventually becoming a co-champion in 2015. He is also a champion of the South Asian Spelling Bee. He has a deep passion for language patterns and roots, and uses his knowledge to help his students become the best spellers they can possibly become. Gokul participated in Hexco’s Personal Spelling Coach (PSC) program as a student and has been coaching PSC spellers for nearly a year and a half.

Snehaa Ganesh Kumar has nine years of experience in spelling bees, starting from kindergarten and continuing through 8th grade. She competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015, tying for 4th place, and in 2016, she became the runner-up to the two champions! Snehaa has demonstrated a great mastery of the language during her studies for the National Spelling Bee and has enjoyed sharing her expertise by coaching PSC spellers for over year. Coaching has been her way of giving back to the spelling community and working with spellers in an area of her life that she loves.

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