About Me

I am Cole Shafer-Ray, a to-be freshman at Yale University from Norman, Oklahoma.

Some traits that could describe me: enthusiastic, perfectionist, thorough, competitive, driven, and focused on excellence.  I’m very devoted to being the best.

I am extremely passionate about spelling.  I was a three-time participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, written test perfect-score recipient, and runner-up in 2015.

In June 2015, I created TheSpellingChamp.com and later founded The Spelling Champ, LLC.

I’ve been involved with spelling bees for the past eleven years, so I am about as knowledgeable as one could be about anything and everything spelling-related. I’ve been around long enough to know how the whole spelling bee system works, down to the finest detail.

I’ve also performed hours of thorough analysis of past competitions to know exactly which lists to prioritize (or disregard), as well as the Do’s and Don’ts of spelling study.  I know exactly what it takes to win at the highest level.

I am extremely committed in taking my students to the next level.  If you’re a speller looking to advance past your regional bee and into the latest stages of the National Spelling Bee, consider having me as your coach!

Here’s me and TheSpellingChamp.com featured in a commercial for WordPress!


Giving an interview before 2015 Championship Finals


Spelling a word in 2015 Bee (Mark Bowen/Scripps National Spelling Bee)


Profile video from 2015 Bee


6th grade me


At the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee with Rohan Rajeev, 2nd place finisher!! (Also from Central Oklahoma!)


Playing soccer for my high school team


Picture with fourth grade class I taught Spanish to in 2017 (Top left in blue)