Narisa Du Toit, a second grade student from South Africa, recently visited the city of Sheboygan and the students at Wilson Elementary School. Du Toit's mother, a professor in South Africa, is in the United States on a speaking tour sharing a model of therapy she developed for working with blind and deaf students. Du Toit's father, also a college professor, is doing research in mathematics.
Du Toit spent several days with Mrs. Lisa Piper and her family. Piper teaches fifth grade at Wilson Elementary School. During the summer of 1996, Piper taught at Grey College in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and worked with deaf and blind students at a rural school. Since that time, students in Piper's fifth grade classes at exchange pen pal letters with fifth grade students at Grey College.
While at Wilson School, Du Toit attended Sue Heniadis' second grade classroom. Du Toit also presented a power point to her adopted second grade classroom and to the fifth graders in Piper's and Melissa Krutzik's classrooms. Alyson Piper, Lisa Piper's daughter, is currently doing her student teaching with Krutzik.
Du Toit's first language is Afrikaans but she is embracing her opportunity to practice her English speaking skills since she attends an English-speaking school in South Africa. Du Toit attends an all girls' year round school. When Du Toit returns to South Africa, the students will soon be starting a one-month vacation and will return to school in July.