Meg Murphy and Michael Curtin, co-founders of DreamRoots, are intuitive essay coaches who possess over 30 years' combined teaching experience and a keen understanding of college admissions audiences.

Meg Murphy

Meg Murphy

Meg received her MA in English from Northwestern University and later taught English at Hinsdale Central. As a Visiting Professor at DeVry University for the past twelve years, Meg enjoys a dedicated following in her writing, critical thinking, and humanities courses. Meg most enjoys teaching high school juniors and seniors in the DeVry University Advantage Academy program through the Chicago Public Schools. In addition, Meg leads workshops in rhetoric, mentoring DeVry instructors in the Toulmin Model of Argumentation.

An empathetic and results-driven college essay coach for the past six years, Meg has collaborated with hundreds of college applicants, helping them find their ideal fit in schools such as Bowdoin College, Notre Dame, NYU, and Tulane.

Michael Curtin

Michael Curtin

Michael received his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College in Chicago. As a graduate student in the renowned John Schultz Story Workshop, he received the Associated Writers’ Program Intro Award for Non-Fiction.  

Michael’s 15 years of teaching creative writing, critical thinking, composition, and ESL has helped him become attuned to the strengths and needs of each individual.  Currently a Visiting Professor at DeVry University and Co-Director at Waypoint Tutoring Studio, Michael believes that teaching is about helping students find their voice and the platform to best express it. His prevailing goal at DreamRoots is to convey to college admissions departments who his students are and where they are headed. He has collaborated with students who now attend such prestigious colleges as Vanderbilt University, the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Doug Whippo

As a writing coach for DreamRoots, Doug looks forward to guiding students toward their dreams and goals.

Doug received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Marquette University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago where he was awarded the John Schultz/Betty Shiflett Scholarship. His writing has been featured on radio for WBEZ's news program 848 and on stage for Theater Seven's Jeff-nominated production of "We Live Here." In the past, his work has been published in Hypertext Magazine, Cell Stories, Hair Trigger and F Magazine

Doug has been an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago since 2007 where he has enjoyed teaching fiction and non-fiction courses to students with diverse interests and backgrounds. As a long-time writing instructor at DeVry University and more recently at Triton College, Doug has helped writers find their voice by fostering a positive student-centered learning environment.