Meet Our Coaches

Our team of expert Writing Coaches span a wide variety of  interests, learning styles, and backgrounds. We get to know your student and their needs, then we match you with a Writing Coach who will be the best fit for your student.

Ivy League & Equivalent

Alex K.

New York | Yale University, Brown University
Neurodivergent Learning

Schools/Degrees:
Yale University - Master of Fine Arts in Theater Directing
Brown University - Bachelor of Arts in English, Theater Arts & Performance

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Alex. I believe in foregrounding curiosity, discovering what students are passionate about and how this relates to their academic goals, and creating a conversational, engaging atmosphere to motivate, challenge, and encourage students' growth as writers. I aim to bring a sense of humor to my teaching and strive to create a space where students can ask questions, take creative risks in their writing, and flourish. 

Recent Acceptances:
Colorado College
Creighton University w/scholarship
DePauw University w/scholarship
Dickinson College
Grinnell College
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Acting, directing, and reading dramatic literature
  • Board games
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Word games
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • Currently, I am a theater professor at Wesleyan University, and I have previously taught or guest directed with Yale Young Global Scholars' Literary, Philosophy, and Culture Division, NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Atlantic Acting School, SUNY Brockport, LIU-CW Post, and American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, The Spence School.
  • At Yale, I ran a playwriting program for New Haven high schoolers, and served as a Graduate Affiliate in Pierson College.
  • In addition to English, I speak Spanish
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Colorado College
  • Creighton University w/Scholarship
  • DePauw University w/Scholarship
  • Dickinson College
  • Grinnell College
  • High Point University w/Scholarship
  • University of Maryland
  • Stetson
  • University of Missouri w/Honors Admittance
  • University of Richmond w/Scholarship
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington University in St. Louis (Early Decision)

Meaks

New York | University of Iowa, Knox College
ELL Experience
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
University of Iowa - Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting
Knox College - Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Creative Writing

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Meaks. I'm a professional playwright and teacher with years of experience as an adjunct or visiting professor with several universities. My background informs my philosophy. I like to meet students where they're at to figure out how to position their stories. Every student has a unique story to tell, and I help them find it by asking questions that let them unlock their full potential as a young storyteller.

Recent Acceptances:
ArtCenter College of Design
Case Western Reserve University w/scholarship
Columbia (Early Decision)
Dickinson College (Early Decision)
Lehigh (Early Decision)
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Frequent museum visits
  • Role-playing (RPG) games
  • Theater
  • Walking
  • Writing and Horror Research
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I recently won the Editor's Prize in creative nonfiction from Porter House Review.
  • I’ve won the Jerome Fellowship in Playwriting from the Playwrights' Center.
  • I’ve been a visiting Assistant Professor of playwriting at Macalester College and Augsburg University for the past few years
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • Case Western Reserve University w/Scholarship
  • Columbia University (Early Decision)
  • Dickinson College (Early Decision)
  • Lehigh University (Early Decision)
  • Purdue University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill w/Scholarship
  • University of Washington w/Scholarship
Ivy League & Equivalent

Colleen B.

Columbia University, Hampshire College
ELL Experience
Teaching Experience
Research Experience

Schools/Degrees:
Columbia University - Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing
Hampshire College - Bachelor of Arts in Literary Journalism

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Colleen. College essays are a student's chance to think and write about who they are, what they value, and what they hope to pursue in the future. All of these aspects are both personal and aspirational, and I love getting to be a part of this process – from the initial brainstorms all the way to the completed essay! As a teacher, I'm excited to work with students to share what's most important to them as they head into their futures.

Recent Acceptances:
Arizona State University Barrett Honors College
Drexel University
Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Loyola Marymount University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Kayaking
  • Writing
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • For my undergraduate thesis, I wrote a book-length work with fieldwork I conducted myself about the American South.
  • For my graduate thesis, I wrote a collection of literary essays about the relationship between humans and the natural world.
  • I taught English lessons in Poland and gave lectures at the local university.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Arizona State University Barrett Honors College
  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • Drexel University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • McGill University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Pittsburgh

Ellyn B.

Ohio | Eastern Illinois University
ELL Experience
Neurodivergent Learning

Schools/Degrees:
Eastern Illinois University - Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences
Eastern Illinois University - Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Ellyn. My philosophy is to help all students express and accept their unique individuality and perspectives. I believe in asking strategic questions that help students think critically and independently, developing meaningful content that reflects what is important to them and their story. Check out my college admissions articles in the Admissions News section of our website for more about my approach and my tips for students.

Recent Acceptances:
Northeastern University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pittsburgh Frederick Honors College
Virginia Tech
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Camping
  • Gardening (to the best of my ability)
  • Hiking
  • Listening to music/attending concerts
  • Reading
  • Running
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I’ve worked in child and family services, specifically with foster care and adoption.
  • I’ve helped elementary through high school students improve their writing.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Pittsburgh Frederick Honors College
  • Virginia Tech

Emily S.

Indiana | Indiana State University
Neurodivergent Learning
Research Experience
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
Indiana State University - Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Emily. I love providing support and encouragement to students of diverse backgrounds in their life goals! All students have unique backgrounds, personalities, and strengths, and they deserve compassion and curiosity. My role is to meet students where they are and provide appropriate and tailored support to help them feel confident in their application and writing. Check out my college admissions articles in the Admissions News section of our website for more about my approach and my tips for students.   

Recent Acceptances:
Bentley University (Early Decision)
Case Western Reserve University
Emory University
Reed College
Scripps College
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Meditation
  • Mental and physical health advocacy
  • Reading
  • Recipe testing
  • Writing creative nonfiction essays
  • Yoga
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I have worked as a writing and research tutor at a local community college.
  • I’ve been learning Spanish since November 2023.
  • I graduated summa cum laude.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Bentley University (Early Decision)
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Emory University
  • Reed College
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
Ivy League & Equivalent

Gabriella G.

New Jersey | Northwestern University
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
Northwestern University - Bachelor of Arts in Communications

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Gabriella. I believe in helping students learn how to articulate their unique perspectives on the world and their strengths so that admissions readers can most clearly see how that student will contribute to a campus community. We can clearly show those strengths through the innovative ways a student approaches challenges or experiences in their lives, which can help forecast how they'll approach a challenge in college and beyond!

Recent Acceptances:
Ohio State University
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania State University
University of Chicago (Early Decision)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Acting, including voice over acting
  • Songwriting
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I am a professional actor and published playwright.
  • Most recently, I performed across North America in the Broadway national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and you may have heard me on the radio in commercials for Indeed!
  • I have done extensive work in accessibility in the arts for students of color, students below the poverty line, and students in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • I've spent seven years working for the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project, a weeklong intensive writing program and concert series for new and upcoming songwriters across the globe.
  • I spent two years as the Programming Liaison for The Fund For College Auditions, a New York City-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers support to acting and musical theatre students with limited resources who want to audition for post-high school training programs, focusing on those who identify with groups that are historically and currently underrepresented in theatre, film, and television.
  • In addition to English, I speak Italian.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Ohio State University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Chicago (Early Decision)
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
STEM Comfortable

Jainita P.

Maryland | William & Mary, NYU
ELL Experience
Research Experience
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
William & Mary - Masters of Science in Marine Science
New York University - Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Jainita. I am excited to help students tell the story of their growth and to help them become better writers! My philosophy focuses on helping students tell their story. I enjoy guiding students by asking them questions to pinpoint exactly what's important to them before using this to shape the narrative of their essays. I think of this as a type of teamwork, which often works well to avoid overwhelming students and helps us tell an authentic and unique story!

Recent Acceptances:
Dartmouth College (Early Decision)
Emory University
Georgia Institute of Technology
North Carolina State University Honors Program
Purdue University
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Collecting houseplants
  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Marine biology
  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Writing fiction and nonfiction
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I’ve published a book of fiction.
  • I've also worked for the National Parks Service as an ecologist and have 4 years of environmental science experience and 4 years of experience as a marine biologist.
  • In addition to English, I speak 3 other languages: Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Dartmouth College (Early Decision)
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina State University Honors Program
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Texas A&M University
  • The University of Texas at Austin Computer Science and Business (CSB) Honors Program
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Georgia Morehead Honors College
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jessica S.

England, UK | University of Edinburgh
ELL Experience
Neurodivergent Learning
Research Experience
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
University of Edinburgh - Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature
Master of Science with Distinction in Comparative and General Literature
1st Class Masters (Hons) in Modern European Languages: German and Spanish

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Jessica. I love hearing students talk about their passions, interests, and beliefs. I encourage students to use these to work creatively and reflect critically on their writing, and aim to guide them towards finding their own solutions to problems. I'm a teacher, so my approach includes equipping students with skills that will help them work confidently and independently in the future, beyond the task at hand.

Recent Acceptances:
Arizona State University
Gonzaga University
Northeastern University
Rochester Institute of Technology w/scholarship
Rutgers University–New Brunswick Honors College
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Cooking
  • Hiking
  • Spending time with animals (especially dogs!)
  • Translation creative writing
  • Travel and travel journalism
  • Yoga and meditation
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Professional Certificate issued by the British Council.
  • I completed exchange programs at the University of Granada, Spain (Hispanic Studies) and the University of Vienna, Austria (German Studies).
  • I have experience teaching English, German, and Spanish to students from high school to postgraduate levels.
  • I have worked in the UK, Spain, and China, and am confident in helping students navigate linguistic and cultural differences in their writing.
  • I can speak Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, and Tamil in addition to English.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Arizona State University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Northeastern University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology w/scholarship
  • Rutgers University–New Brunswick Honors College
  • Temple University with scholarship
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tulane University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of California, Davis (UCD)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • University of Kansas

Katelyn W.

California | University of California
ELL Experience
Neurodivergent Learning
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
University of California, Irvine - Masters of Fine Arts in English 
University of California, San Diego - Bachelors of Arts in Literature and Writing

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Katelyn. I have a master's degree and am certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language because I enjoy exploring the fusions of learning, culture, and expression through language. I love connecting with students and helping them delve into their personal beliefs and stories. I hope to teach composition to students someday, and I already have a version of this opportunity here at Prompt!

Recent Acceptances:
California Polytechnic State University
Gonzaga University w/scholarship
Indiana University
Loyola Marymount University (Early Action) w/scholarship
Northwestern University (Early Decision)
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Professional Certificate from University of California, San Diego Extension.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Northwestern (ED)
  • LMU (EA + Merit)
  • Santa Clara (EA, Honors + Scholarship)
  • Sonoma State
  • Gonzaga (+ Merit)
  • USD (+ Merit)
  • Santa Cruz (+ Merit)
  • UC Davis
  • Cal Poly SLO
  • SDSU
  • Purdue
  • Illinois Bloomington
  • UCLA
Ivy League & Equivalent

Madi F.

New York | Harvard University

Schools/Degrees:
Harvard University - Bachelor of Arts in English and Theater, Dance, & Media

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Madi. As a coach, I prioritize the big-picture idea of an essay! There's always time to fix word choice and grammar later, but being a perfectionist at the start limits your creativity. I want all of my students to feel like they can send me an essay that they feel truly represents them, even if it's vulnerable or not the most "impressive." I ask a lot of open-ended questions, and I often turn questions back to students to see what they think before sharing my thoughts.

Recent Acceptances:
Northwestern University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
University of Virginia
University of Washington w/scholarship
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Ballroom and swing dancing
  • Choir
  • Reading
  • Theater
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • As a writer, my work has been published and featured in theater festivals
  • My creative writing thesis was awarded high honors from Harvard.
  • In my time in college, I was awarded the Robert E. Levi award and the Lotta Crabtree award. I was also a Solomon Scholar and a John Harvard Scholar.
  • I’ve worked previously in Harvard's Admissions & Financial Aid Office.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington with scholarship

Margot C.

New York | The Juilliard School, University of Iowa, Bennington College
Neurodivergent Learning
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
The Juilliard School - Graduate of Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program
University of Iowa - Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting 
Bennington College - Bachelor of Arts in Literature

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Margot. I'm a working playwright and a writing instructor with over ten years experience teaching students from middle school to college about writing, story telling, and theater. As a Prompt Writing Coach, I'm passionate about helping students find the stories and experiences that are important to them and helping them find the best way to present these stories to others in their college application essays.

Recent Acceptances:
Chapman University
Davidson College
Loyola Marymount University
North Carolina State University (NC State) Wise Community
Northeastern University
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Going on walks
  • Listening to audiobooks
  • Playing D&D with friends
  • Reading books (sci-fi/fantasy for the win!)
  • Seeing theater
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I teach first-year composition at CUNY's York College.
  • I graduated from Juilliard with an artist diploma for playwriting.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Chapman University
  • Davidson College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • North Carolina State University (NC State) Wise Community
  • Northeastern University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst w/scholarship
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Tech
STEM Comfortable

Michael P.

Spain | University of California, Syracuse University
Neurodivergent Learning

Schools/Degrees:
University of California, San Diego Extension - Certificate in Translation
Syracuse University - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Michael. I have my bachelor's in mechanical engineering and still love everything STEM! I believe the process IS the final product, and I try to help students break down big-picture ideas into bite-sized steps that focus on cause-and-effect relationships. Check out my college admissions articles in the Admissions News section of our website for more about my approach and my tips for students.

Recent Acceptances:
Washington University in St. Louis (Early Decision)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
A Few Coach Interests:
  • History
  • Rock Climbing
  • Violin (traditional music styles from North America and Europe)
  • Yoga
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I have designed and installed renewable energy systems.
  • In addition to English, I speak Spanish
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Washington University in St. Louis (Early Decision)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Mitch D.

Spain | Temple University
ELL Experience
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
Temple University - Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Linguistics

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Mitch. As one of the first Prompt Writing Coaches to join the company back in 2016-2017, I have been coaching a diverse range of students for several years. I'm also a music teacher, playing fiddle and banjo, and coach, so I love learning about each student’s unique experiences and background. I enjoy guiding my students through the process of finding their own personal voices, whether it be written or musical.

Recent Acceptances:
Boston University
George Mason University
Indiana University Bloomington
Northeastern University
Penn State University
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Dabble in chess
  • Own a small farm
  • Playing Appalachian music on the fiddle and banjo
  • Skateboard from time to time
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I give traditional music workshops in North America and Europe.
  • In addition to English, I speak Spanish
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Boston University
  • George Mason University
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Northeastern University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Tech

Rebecca F.

France | Kenyon College
ELL Experience
Neurodivergent Learning
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
Kenyon College - Bachelor of Arts in English major

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Rebecca. I love sharing my passion for learning and helping students fall in love with the writing process!

A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I have written for several online publications
  • Assisted in schools in Seattle through Americorps
  • I've taught English in France
  • I've worked as a literacy tutor
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Penn State
  • James Madison University
  • Elon University
  • MIT
  • Santa Clara university
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Richmond
  • Brandeis University
  • Occidental College

Suzanne H.

Ohio | Bowling Green State University, Denison University
ELL Experience
Neurodivergent Learning
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
Bowling Green State University - Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Denison University - Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Creative Writing

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Suzanne. I've been a professional writer for over 20 years, and the intimidation of the blank page never goes away. I hope that my guidance can help relieve some of this pressure. Everyone, regardless of their background or formal training, knows how to tell stories, and I look forward to working with students to help them tell their own stories. Check out my college admissions articles in the Admissions News section of our website for more about my approach and my tips for students.

Recent Acceptances:
Clemson University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Penn State University Schreyer Honors College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Attending book clubs
  • Currently writing a novel
  • Studying languages
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Professional Certificate through Via Lingua, and I speak Spanish. I have an elementary knowledge of about 5-6 languages.
  • For five years, I taught English in Romania and Prague to a wide range of students.
  • I’ve worked in marketing and business as well.
  • I have won several writing prizes, including the Perkoff Creative Writing Prize, Carol and Elton Holman Screenwriting Prize, and Jack Dyer Fiction Prize.
  • I also run a creative writing workshop with an indie publisher in town.
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Clemson University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • Penn State University Schreyer Honors College
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis (UCD)
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI)
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • University of Florida
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Virginia Tech

Stephanie S.

Peru | University for Peace, Walla Walla University
ELL Experience
Neurodivergent Learning
Teaching Experience

Schools/Degrees:
University for Peace - Masters in Development and Diplomacy
Walla Walla University - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French

From Our Coach:

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I love emphasizing the storytelling aspect of writing college application essays. Having worked with Prompt students for a few years now, I immensely enjoy getting to know about students' backgrounds and working with them to find unique, perhaps even unexpected, connections between their experiences. Ideally, they will be able to look back on this essay in the future and see how it captures the person they were at this particular moment in time!

Recent Acceptances:
Cornell University
Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Northwestern University
Purdue University
Texas A&M University
A Few Coach Interests:
  • Baking
  • Creative writing
  • Hiking
  • Photography and filmmaking
  • Travel
A Few Coach Accomplishments:
  • I’ve studied at Oxford University as well as studying abroad in France and Lebanon to study the French and Arabic languages.
  • While in Lebanon, I spent a lot of time working with Syrian refugees and traveling a bit in the Middle East.
  • In addition to English, I speak French and Spanish, and I have familiarity with American Sign Language, Arabic, and Quechua.
  • I’ve lived in six different countries. 
A Few Recent Student Acceptances:
  • Cornell University
  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Pennsylvania (Early Action)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Richmond w/Scholarship
  • University of Washington