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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. The 2020-2021 school year marks the start of my 19th year of teaching. I taught 4th grade at Nelson Ridge for 16 years, and this is my third year teaching third grade at Nelson Prairie. 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.

Hocus Pocus is my all-time favorite movie. I also like Goonies and ALL Marvel movies! Captain America is my favorite super hero.

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 their teams play baseball.

I like anything on HGTV, as well as Alaska, the Last Frontier.

Favorite Animal:

DOGS!!!  We have had 5 labs. Four of them were rescued through Great Lakes Lab Rescue.