Brighton Elementary Students “Walk On The Wild Side”

BRIGHTON - Mrs. Helen Wasuck shares her story, her time, her knowledge and her artifacts about Africa with the 7th and 8th grade Brighton Elementary School students. This is how she tells her story: “In 8th grade, a missionary who had worked in the Philippines came to my school to teach. She told the class stories about life in a far away country. I think that is when I decided that I would like to learn languages and work overseas. During my university years, I studied French, Spanish, Russian and political science.After graduation, I worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, where I had to use the Fulani dialect along with the official language, French. I felt that everyday, I learned something about the African culture. Then I was hooked. I taught for 17 years in the U.S. and 23 years in a variety of countries: Saudi Arabia, Korea, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Georgia, China, Ukraine, and Slovakia. I have enjoyed meeting families from around the world, and now that I am retired, I hope to share some of the artifacts and knowledge with Vermont students.”