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Brynn Leavitt

Biography

Before arriving at Roycemore, Brynn taught three languages in three countries. A native to Montana and Oregon, it was after college that she ventured to the midwest to pursue her graduate degree in Secondary Education. In her program, she had the opportunity to study in Europe and spent two years in Italy and France. While studying, she also taught English for the British School of Siena, was a translator and interpreter with an Italian cooking school there, and worked as an au pair in Rennes, France. These were experiences of a lifetime and they have undoubtedly fueled her continued passion for languages, cultures and teaching.

After France and Italy, she continued her teaching in local secondary schools in northern Indiana and as an instructor in French at Indiana University-South Bend. French also afforded her opportunities to offer translation services and advocate for refugees from francophone parts of Africa. It was also at this time that she took a particular interest in the metacognitive strategies that we teach and learn in the language classroom, the subject of her doctorate research at Middlebury College. In 2012, she and her husband and then moved to England, where they lived for 6 years and she enjoyed her role as a French and Italian teacher in an outstanding JK-8 independent school in Yateley, Hampshire. As a sports enthusiast, she loved getting to coach sports that were new to her, like rounders and field hockey. While in England, her son Nathaniel was born and they made lifelong connections and friends, but in 2018 we returned to the U.S. They are excited about setting new roots in Chicago and she is thrilled, and feels very fortunate, to be joining the esteemed Roycemore community!

Education

  • Ph.D. (Modern Languages, French & Italian) Middlebury College
  • M.S. (Secondary Education with Endorsement in French & ENL) Indiana University-South Bend
  • B.A. (Art History & Architecture) University of Oregon
  • PGCE (Secondary Education with Endorsement in French) University of Reading, England

Fun Fact

Henley-on-Thames Sprint Triathlon Champion
 

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

There is so much to learn about the world! I love working with students, getting to know them and to explore languages and cultures together, examining our roles within local and global communities.

Why Roycemore?

I admire Roycemore’s approach to education as a comprehensive yet personalized learning experience. The collaboration of students, faculty, and families seems an ideal environment in which everyone can thrive.