Your Writing Coach

Marisa J. Novak

My career as a high school teacher began 27 years ago after earning an M.Ed. at Loyola University in Curriculum Development and Planning. In 2011, I added certifications for College in the Schools and Advanced Placement, the latter being earned at Northwestern University.

While teaching, I met with multiple College Admissions Officers and attended various forums on the college application process in preparation to write letters of recommendation for thousands of students. I quickly became “the expert” faculty member on college essays and trained other educators on how to coach students through the Common Application writing prompts.

In 2012, a former student and the University of Chicago honored me with an Excellence in Teaching Award.

In addition to teaching, I am a professional writer. I have independently or collaboratively written editorials, articles, speeches, website content, policies and procedures, and public policy in the academic, business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

My undergraduate degrees are a B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism, a B.A. in English Composition and Literature, and a minor in Business Marketing from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame. Prior to entering graduate school, I worked in advertising for several years developing media plans, power points, and presentations.

Writing Coaching for College Applications

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