Hannah Sheldon-Dean holds B.A. in Literary Arts and Education Studies from Brown University, and writing has always been a cornerstone of her holistic, student-driven approach to education and private tutoring. Hannah’s own educational background is unusually eclectic; after five years of public school in rural Vermont, she was homeschooled between the ages of ten and fifteen. That experience—which included copious amounts of reading and writing—gave her invaluable insight into how students can take initiative and responsibility in their own educations, and she carried those lessons with her to her secondary school career at Berkshire School.
Throughout her studies at Brown, Hannah was committed to better understanding how different aspects of students’ lives can affect their educational success and personal fulfillment, and she remains particularly interested in the ways that writing can help students develop confidence and agency. A former intern at The Brooklyn Free School, Hannah is always interested in learning more about nontraditional education and the interaction between students’ experiences inside and outside of school.
To further explore that same comprehensive perspective, Hannah entered a Master’s program in Social Work at New York University, which she completed in May 2015. While at NYU, Hannah gained expertise in the environmental and socioemotional aspects of children’s success, most recently as a clinician in the mental health clinic at Children of Promise, NYC. She is an experienced practitioner of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions, and she hopes to integrate her clinical and academic work with children as her career continues.
Both during and after college, Hannah gained extensive teaching experience, from teaching poetry to eighth graders at a Rhode Island charter school to working on essay writing with other undergraduates as a Brown University Writing Fellow. Hannah always begins work with a new writer by identifying his or her existing skills, knowledge, and interests, and she finds that working from those strengths is the best foundation on which to build further expertise. Hannah has also worked with children in less formal contexts, most notably as a counselor and activity director at Camp Wohelo and as a daily babysitter and tutor for Chapin middle school students.
Hannah is also an experienced freelance writer and editor. After working temporarily in the editorial and publicity departments of The Overlook Press in Soho, Hannah decided to specialize in writing about the book publishing industry, and she is currently a reviewer for Kirkus Reviews. Additionally, she writes and edits manuscripts, online content, and press materials for private and corporate clients. Hannah especially pursues projects that dovetail with her commitment to writing education; for example, she had the privilege of copy-editing the 2013 anthology of the Girls Write Now writing mentorship program. In the summer of 2015, Hannah also joined the staff at Greenlight Bookstore, where she enjoys bringing books and readers together within Brooklyn’s vibrant literary community.
In her spare time, Hannah can be found indulging her love of writing essays, experimenting with vegetarian cooking, and singing beautiful choral music with Khorikos, an a cappella ensemble.