- "Mr. Varner would rather believe that anyone was cheating than think a student was smarter than him..."
- ―Shelly Cope's thoughts.[src]
- Main article: Twilight
Bella hates him both for his subject and because he was the only teacher who made her introduce herself to the class. On the second day, he angers her further by asking her a question she couldn't answer. He sat her next to Jessica.
He is one of the two teachers who helped to move Tyler's van in the book.
- Main article: Midnight Sun
In Midnight Sun, Shelly Cope mentions that he dislikes the Cullens because they are smarter than him and likes to think they are cheating rather than accept the fact.
- Main article: New Moon
During Bella's senior year, he is her Calculus teacher.
- Main article: Eclipse
On graduation day, he lines every student up alphabetically at the ceremony while Harold Greene, the principal, calls every student's name.