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Nelson Prairie
Elementary School
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Mrs. Deckinga
3rd Grade - Nelson Prairie

About Me...

Staff PhotoI grew up in Frankfort, and I graduated from Lincoln-Way Central. When I was a child, I wanted to be a veterinarian....until I started teaching swim lessons at Camp Manitoqua. I quickly realized that my passions were in helping other people, mainly youth. I love being able to share my love of learning with my students in a safe and fun environment.I graduated in 2001 from Trinity Christian College. I earned my Masters Degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2004. I taught 4th grade at Nelson Ridge for 16 years, and I am excited to teach third grade at Nelson Prairie this year. I live in Shorewood with my husband, our two sons, and our two Labrador Retrievers.

I love the Chicago White Sox, and Paul Konerko is my all-time favorite player. I also love watching my sons' baseball teams. Baseball is a very important part of our family!

Quick Facts...

Favorite Book and Movie:

The Entire Harry Potter Series and the Inkheart series.


Favorite Food and Drink:

pizza, Reese's Cups, Kit-Kats, and iced coffee

Favorite Baseball Team:

White Sox.  Paul Konerko is my all-time favorite Sox player.

Hobbies and Favorite TV Show:

Reading, gardening, exercising, and watching my son and his team play baseball.

Anything on HGTV.

Favorite Animal:

DOG!!! My family is very active with Great Lakes Lab Rescue.