First Grade

Amanda Watters

Hello, my name is Amanda Watters, and I am honored to be your child’s first grade teacher this year.  This is my second year as a first-grade classroom teacher.  I previously taught K-6 English as a Second language (ESL) for thirteen years, the most recent nine of which were at Patterson International.  I love this school and am excited for another great year.  I strongly believe in IB as an amazing approach to learning, and I even participated as an IB learner and received my IB diploma in high school.  Of course, I have expanded my education since then and love learning new things.  

I look forward to partnering with families and the community to educate the whole child.  I know it is essential to maintain open communication, so please keep in touch and contact me at any time.  It is my pleasure to work with the children and families at Patterson International so that the best educational experiences are possible.

Outside of the classroom, I have two young sons and two dogs who work to keep me on my toes.  They take up almost all of my free time, and we love visiting parks, museums, pools, gymnastics, the zoo, our karate studio, and many more places.  When I have a moment to myself, I also enjoy running, hiking, skiing, and relaxing with a good book.

Here’s to a wonderful year!

Mrs. Amanda Watters 
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 Amanda Watters and family

Nancyetta Zakrzewski

Welcome to first grade.  My name is Nancyetta Zakrzewski (Mrs. Z.).  My best friend, Mr. Z., visits and helps out in my classroom.  My sons are grown up and married.  My family is my center.  However, the students in my classroom are an important part of my heart.  I cannot wait to build a community full of learning, laughter, and love.  My philosophy is that everyone in our class is a teacher/learner.  We will explore ideas and create our own learning in a place that is safe physically, emotionally, and intellectually.  I promise, I will love you.  I use Teaching With Love and Logic to help us know how we will treat each other in our community.  I truly cannot wait to get to know you.  Love, Mrs. Z.
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Photo of Mrs. Zakrzewski with shrimp    Mrs. Zs Love and Logic Poster
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