K12 teacher Barbara Watterson joined Paragon Primary in 2013 after teaching 35 years in both public and private schools in West Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut and Texas. During this time, Mrs. Watterson has taught students from early childhood through eighth grade with 17 of those years teaching first grade. Her 25-year career at Eanes ISD included teaching Life Skills, RTI (Response to Intervention), first and second grades. Her passion is with primary students; no day is ever the same! Her commitment is to maintain a well-managed classroom with a thoughtful organization of time, materials and space. Children feel safe and comfortable to be themselves in her classroom. She believes that a good teacher must teach with tremendous compassion, energy and humor. Celebrating successes, both big and small, along the way is important as students learn as individuals and in groups throughout their day.
Mrs. Watterson earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Science degree in Education from the University of Dayton. She has been married to John, a psychologist in private practice here in Austin, since 1979. Their son Colin earned his JD from the University of Texas in May 2013. He is an associate attorney with Susman Godfrey in their Houston office. Mrs. Watterson is a volunteer with Divine Canines and enjoys making visits to retirement facilities and libraries with her dog Jarvis.