Retired spelling-bee champs are making bank coaching the next generation

The world of competitive spelling is strange and mysterious, but some people are raking in the dough, nonetheless.

Retired spelling-bee champs are reportedly raking in up to $200-an-hour to tutor the next generation of tiny spellers, reports the Washington Post.

According to “bee aficionados,” as the Post describes them, there has been a surge in demand for younger coaches: high-school or college kids, that have hung up their spelling hats and are settling into retirement. Parents want coaches who can pass along fresh knowledge and who know what it is like to be up on stage.

“Everyone going to the National Spelling Bee now wants to go one step further, so they’re reaching out to former spellers, getting in their shoes, figuring out what they did,” said Snigdha Nandipati, the 2012 champion and a Yale freshman, to the Post. “Some of those tips come down to how you’re able to compose yourself on stage. It’s gotten way more competitive since my time. If I was competing now, I wouldn’t last long.”

We just hope these kids know how to spell “saving accounts.”

[Washington Post]