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Brittany Frieson


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Brittany Frieson is a doctoral candidate in Language and Literacy, a teacher-scholar, and a Graduate College Fellow. After earning her BA in Psychology with a K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) licensure from Meredith College, Brittany spent several years “in the trenches” as a teacher at the elementary and middle school levels teaching ESL, 6th and 8th grade math and language arts inclusion to multilinguals. She worked as a curriculum writer for the local public school system creating benchmark assessments for kindergarten students. Upon becoming disenfranchised by the silencing of minoritized languages in schools, Brittany decided to pursue graduate school and earned a Masters of Science in Curriculum & Instruction from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). She is a proud North Carolina native, as she was born and raised in Eastern NC, and spent the entirety of her educational career there prior to her PhD journey. After immersing herself in local bilingual classrooms, her research interests currently focus on African-American English speakers’ language choices in dual-language Spanish/English bilingual programs and how multilingual students utilize minoritized languages as a form of organized resistance towards dichotomous languaging rules in bilingual classrooms. As a true reflection of her identity as a teacher-scholar, you can typically find her investing in the profession by conducting research in the local community, providing professional development sessions to in-service educators, or teaching, supervising, and mentoring undergraduate students in the elementary education program.

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