Brittney Wilcox is currently completing her Master’s degree in International Educational Development at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she is also a research assistant. Her specialization is language and literacy, and her research interests include mother tongue-based multilingual education, local language children’s literature, and refugee education. She graduated from New York University in 2009 with a dual degree in journalism and French, and has spent time studying and living in Paris. After college, Brittney worked at a nonprofit Nordic cultural foundation in Manhattan, and served as the chief of staff and family manager for the president of a biomedical research foundation. Brittney has been the editor and designer of newsletters and marketing materials in each of her roles, and has held editorial internships at Penguin Books and Columbia University Press.
Brittney’s expertise is in English and French, research skills, organization/executive functioning, and writing at all levels. Brittney worked as an elementary classroom assistant at a progressive public school in Manhattan, and has provided private tutoring and general academic support to students from elementary through high school in the private school setting. She has worked with students to transform their study habits, develop confidence, increase motivation, and improve academic performance to exceed parent and teacher expectations. Her students (and their parents) appreciate Brittney’s encouraging, creative, engaging, and organized approach to teaching. She believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” method of instruction, so she differentiates lessons and scaffolds learning accordingly. She is especially passionate about literacy and instilling in her students a love for reading. Brittney strives to help learners (of any age, in any language) confidently express their stories and voices through the written word.
In her free time Brittney enjoys traveling with her husband, reading YA novels and The Economist, learning new languages, swimming, pursuing creative projects, and listening to podcasts.