Ann Pickrell

Ann Pickrell

50 for the Next 50 Judge; former Assistant Head of School

What advice would you give to a girl graduating from Williston today?   

I have three pieces of advice. First, jump right in to the next chapter of your life in college/university! You have the experience from your time at Williston to thrive in the years ahead. You know how to manage your time, collaborate, ask for help and live with others. Second, try new things, meet new people, and get involved! Your life will be enriched immeasurably. Third, network with all your Williston connections: classmates, faculty, advisors, coaches and nearly 8000 alumni!

Tell us about a woman who is your hero—or “she-ro!”—and why?

That’s an easy question for me. My mother is my hero. She grew up on a family farm, worked her way through college to become a teacher and coach, and had three children while working fulltime as an elementary school teacher, coach, and community volunteer before passing at age 40. She was a true inspiration who knew how to work hard and have fun being busy.

What motivates you in your work and life?

Personally, I am motivated to help others find their true passion in life. I particularly appreciate mentoring teenagers who are sorting out the big question: Who Am I ? A huge motivator for me is to improve, find ways to be efficient and purposeful.