Hello, my name is Amanda Watters, and I am the English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Patterson International.  ESL is for students who were raised speaking a language other than English or grew up with exposure to multiple languages.  These students often have strong social language and are able to communicate well with their peers in their everyday informal interactions but need extra support in academic language such as the language of math, language arts, social studies, and science.  Academic language is more demanding and complex and is needed to tackle the rigorous standards-based curriculum.  Throughout the day, I support students with the four domains of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  I typically work with students in the classroom in collaboration with the classroom teacher. I love being here at Patterson International and working with your children to give them educational and linguistic support to meet their learning goals.

This is my ninth year teaching ESL.  I previously taught as an ESL teacher for three years in Colorado Springs and this is my sixth year in Jeffco.  I believe in educating the whole child.  Besides specific academic and language goals, I work on developing other skills which are beneficial to learning such as respect for others, staying on-task, following directions, organization, and responsibility.  I believe it is essential to maintain open communication between families and teachers, so please feel free to call, email, or set up a meeting if you ever have questions or concerns.  It is my pleasure to work with the children and families at Patterson International so that the best educational experiences are possible.

Amanda Watters ESL Teacher 303-982-7694

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