We married each other in July 2015, arrived in Uganda in November 2015, and have been officially serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in education since February 2016.
In Pre-Service Training, our host mother gave us Luganda names, Waswa and Nakato, which mean “older male twin” and “younger female twin” respectively. We would like to assure our readers (and our community) that we are not siblings despite our names.
We would also like to thank Carol Fahey, our sister-in-law, for the title of this blog!
Matthew “Waswa” Briggs
Matt serves as a Teacher Trainer at a rural Primary Teachers’ College in central Uganda. He has his B.A. in English and M.Ed. in secondary education from UMASS-Amherst. He wrote a blog called Good Intentions about his student-teaching experience at a Springfield, MA middle school before teaching at Commonwealth Academy in Alexandria, VA from 2012-2015. In 2013, Matt presented at the National Council of Teachers of English conference about his experience using Rap Genius in the classroom. He published his first short story and made his first podcast appearance in 2015. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @pairadicetossed.
Victoria “Nakato” Szydlowski
Victoria serves as a Literacy Specialist at a rural Primary School in central Uganda. She has her B.S. in Neuroscience-Psychology and a second major in English from UMASS-Amherst. She has worked in Health Economics and Comparative Effectiveness Research. In 2013, Victoria presented at the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research about a network meta-analysis that compared biologics for Crohn’s Disease. She published her first systematic literature review and presented on efforts to evaluate patient and stakeholder engagement in clinical research in 2014. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @vicketoriya.