Ann Pickrell, Assistant Head of School
When we were casting about for people that you, as parents, would like to meet and learn about, Ann Pickrell immediately came to mind.
You probably met her as you and your child were deciding on schools; in her role of Director of Admission at Williston she no doubt interviewed you or your student at some point in that process. When we were doing our preliminary research on Ann, we discovered that she had added another hat to the many she already has worn: starting July 1, Ann was named Assistant Head of School.
This changed the tenor of our interview, but in a fascinating way. Rather than a fact-finding mission about the Admission process, we instead got a glimpse into the skillful outreach and strategic planning that goes into making a school like Williston a thriving community.
First of all, tell us about yourself…
Ann first arrived at Williston in 1981 from a post at Cushing Academy where she taught history, worked in Admission, and coached three varsity teams. She started at Williston as a classroom teacher, and quickly transitioned into an administrative role. Going to work at an independent boarding school, and with parents who were educators, Ann knew that a faculty member at a school such as ours needs to be versatile. She has spent all of her years here as a coach, in addition to the work she does in administration. In fact, this is the first year that she HASN’T coached a Fall sport, due to her new responsibilities.
Ann broke new ground when she started Williston’s women’s golf team, and last year, that team had their best record ever (11-1-2). Ann knew that women’s golf would explode globally, and wanted not only to give students a chance to pursue their passion and continue to play at a college level, but to put them on an equal footing with men—both in school and in the business world.