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michelle-horton-hexco-coach-spelling.jpgMichelle Horton is our original coach who assisted in developing the Spelling Coaching Program with Linda Tarrant. Michelle has been writing and editing products for Hexco for the past several years and has been coaching students using our new system for over seven years. Prior to coaching Hexco spellers, Michelle coached all of her children using Hexco products, and they together spelled at the National Bee a total of seven years. Michelle’s youngest, Mary, ultimately tied for fifth place at the NSB in her final attempt and has since aged out of the competition. Michelle is an expert grammarian who holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a specialization in Chemistry. As head coach, she has developed instructions for approaching the spelling of words in various language families beyond what is in Hexco's Spelling Rules Book and has added multiple lists for many language families and beyond. Currently, Michelle is expanding the Personal Spelling Coach Program to include new areas for mastery for coaching students as well as working with Linda Tarrant to convert our current program to include coaching eMentors for the PSC program. Her positive attitude helps build excellent rapport with students as she continues to receive stellar reviews from customers who have had the opportunity to benefit from her coaching, many of whom have made it to the higher rungs of the National Spelling Bee.


Fast Track to Spelling is a course for those who have not yet studied spelling at length, or those who have not tried the Hexco coaching program before. The Fast Track to Spelling course explores spelling at an assortment of levels giving very young spellers a strong foundation of fundamentals to build upon. The ideal candidate will likely have not already participated in the National Spelling Bee (NSB); in some cases, the student has attended the NSB and did not place high on the written tests and/or missed a word that could have been guessed with the further (basic) knowledge of word origins. This class is considered to be at a more advanced level than our Bee-ginners Coaching Circle. Fast Track to Spelling consists of 6 online, weekly sessions on a set day and time. The first class will be 1 hour and thereafter, 45 minutes of group class time and an individual 15-minute session. The individual session will be to assess mastery of a given assignment to determine if the student should be given new eMentors for the next session. Students are required to complete regular, weekly assignments including learning Latin and Greek roots, rules for language families along with study lists, and additional lists of interesting and tricky words. Key aspects of spelling will be explored at this introductory level, and quizzing sessions called Spell Bees will incorporate assignments.

Some students who participated in our previous Fast Track course have already graduated to our Personal Spelling Coach program which involves spelling at a higher level. Students in this course will also have the opportunity to study with some of our specialized eMentor lists that are only available through our coaching program. Fill out this interest form to get on the list for our next Fast Track course as limited spaces are available, 5-6 spellers only per course.

DATES: To be announced.


- Language information and associated word lists at a pace dictated by the individual speller as based on mastery.
- Additional word lists, including difficult to spell eponyms, homonyms, trademarks, etc., again dependent on mastery by the individual speller.
- Weekly Latin and Greek root assignments
- Weekly assignment of words in Verbomania and New Nat's Notes.
- Weekly quizzing on assigned word lists plus unfamiliar words to learn skills in fielding unknown words. This is one 45-minute group session and one 15-minute individual session per week AFTER the first week, which will be a one hour group session.
- Specific email feedback on student progress and problems as needed.
- Weekly follow-up to all students with explanations given in the weekly quizzing session.
- A computer with a keyboard, speakers, and internet access for eMentor study and online sessions. A microphone and web camera is also recommended for live sessions which use teleconferencing.

All spellers are also required to have a subscription to the online Merriam Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, access to Google for using Google Sheets, a copy of Hexco's Spelling Rules Book and eMentor format of Verbomania and New Nat's Notes.

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