Title: “Shedding Conventions at Mid-life”
Hannah Van Sickle Barrett ‘96 is a freelance writer who hails from the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, where she was a member of KDS and a participant in the Vienna semester abroad program, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where she spent two years as a personal assistant to acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She eventually followed the path, tread by her parents before her, to a boarding school in the Berkshires where she became a teacher. After more than ten years teaching English, in both public and private high schools, Hannah turned her attention to raising a family of three daughters while concurrently earning her Master’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Today, she can be found working with students as an academic tutor at Berkshire School, mentoring individuals through the college application process as a writing coach, and writing for several regional publications including Berkshire Magazine and The Berkshire Edge. She is in the process of compiling a memoir of snapshots, the working title of which is Re-membering my Life. This is her first TEDx event.