Hannah Van Sickle

Hannah Van Sickle
Title: Freelance Writer and Storyteller
Education: St. Lawrence University and Wesleyan University
Location: Great Barrington, MA
Expertise: Divorce, Single-parent Finances, Child Loss
  • Single mom and mother to three
  • Former educator turned freelance storyteller
  • Writer on all things parenting, from raising teens to managing finances and myriad topics in between


After a decade spent teaching high-school English at public and private schools, and another decade working with students as a one-on-one academic coach, Hannah Van Sickle turned her attention to freelance writing. What began eight years ago as a means of working through the death of her youngest daughter following a failed heart transplant quickly became a means of supporting herself as a newly divorced single mom of two tweens. Today, she continues to embrace the bumps she's encountered along her parenting journey as a means of assuring other moms that they'll be OK—no matter what—and educating them (with the help of expert input) in the process.

"My concept of family, and my role in that construct, has evolved at a near-constant pace since becoming a parent almost two decades ago. When rocky patches arise (and they sure do!), I'm quick to remind myself that the only way forward is through—which can get a bit messy for all of us from time to time. Above all else, be patient and kind with yourself."


St. Lawrence University, B.A., English Writing and Fine Arts

Wesleyan University, M.A. in Liberal Studies

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