Over 30 years
combined experience
coaching writers



Essay Coach

Caitlin Palmer is an English teacher at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. She has nine years of teaching experience in the Austin area, including positions at LASA High School, Austin High School, and Dripping Springs High School. She has a B.A. in English and French with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

Since 2015, Caitlin has served as a Teacher Consultant with the Heart of Texas Writing Project, where she collaborates with English teachers in the Austin area to lead and participate in seminars that seek to empower students through literacy and the writing process. She also develops literacy-based College and Career Readiness curriculum for UTPREP, a STEM camp for middle and high school students through the UTeach Outreach program at The University of Texas at Austin. She also studied non-violent literacy practices during a summer-long teacher-immersion study in India in 2017. Caitlin is committed to teaching writing as a practice of self-discovery, effective communication, and creating meaningful change in the lives of individuals and communities. 

You can find Caitlin cooking vegetarian meals, walking around Lady Bird Lake, and singing in a Paul Simon cover band when she is not devoting herself to the teaching of writing. 


Writing Coach

Bringing over a decade of teaching experience across Texas and Mississippi, Sarah’s passion is helping students find and hone their voices in writing.  Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and Philosophy, began teaching, then returned to UT where she earned her M.Ed. in Language and Literacy Studies. Sarah and Anni met in a graduate course at UT and now teach at the same school.

Sarah currently teaches English and journalism at The Ann Richards School For Young Women Leaders, where she enjoys fostering strong, supportive relationships with students. In 2018, she was voted her school’s Teacher of the Year and continued as a district semi-finalist in the larger Teacher of the Year competition. Sarah was awarded The Young Women’s Preparatory Network’s Educator of Excellence Award in 2018. She has advised nationally award-winning student newspapers and magazines and has helped students publish their writing beyond school walls. Sarah has led seminars coaching new teachers in best practices in writing instruction at The University of Texas and in Mississippi. She has also coached children, teens, and adults in literacy as an academic coach and volunteer. In Mississippi, Sarah started an after-school program aimed at equipping students with college-readiness skills that included essay writing and application basics.

When not teaching, Sarah is probably snuggling with her dog, Biscuit, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, writing poetry, country dancing, or trying to learn a new musical instrument.



Writing Coach

Anni Lindenberg Knox is a high school English teacher at The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. She has ten years of teaching experience and over 15 years of experience in the field of Education. She graduated from Whitman College (B.A.) and has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Multicultural Urban Education (M.Ed.) and from the University of Texas, Austin in Language and Literacy Studies (M.Ed.).

Prior to her work at The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Anni worked for Breakthrough Central Texas as a Program Coordinator and Academic Summer Director supporting first-generation future college students academically with their college applications and essays. She has also worked as a supervisor of intern and student teachers at the University of Texas, Austin (UT) for both the Urban Teach Masters Program and the UTeach Institute and has co-taught several Language Arts Methods and Community Literacy courses. Earlier in her career, she wrote curriculum for Region 13 in Texas; taught high school in San Francisco, California; and worked abroad on education-related projects in Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. Anni’s research in the United States and abroad was presented at conferences and published.

When she is not working with students, she can be found swimming at Deep Eddy, practicing yoga, working on craft projects, making her friends and family participate in social experiments, or planning intricate Game of Thrones inspired murder mystery dinner parties.


  • Mentors who guide you through the writing process toward an error-free, polished college essay, resume, and personal statement.​

  • Mentors who offer writing conferences and personal feedback aimed to grow you as a writer by focusing on ideas, style, structure, and mechanics.



  • We are not people who write the essay for you. We push you as a writer to do the work in a meaningful and engaging way, but you are at the helm of your writing process.


Our goal is to make writing your college essays enjoyable and doable so that you can enter your senior year stress-free. We believe that writing is a community practice. In our writing workshop, you’ll work with other rising seniors in focused mini-lessons. We’ll generate seed ideas and then grow them into a polished college entrance essay--one you feel proud of, one that reflects your abilities, talents, and stories.

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