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Miss Accomando

This 2020/2021 school year marks my seventhyear of teaching and my fifth year here at Duker! Prior to teaching in District 15, I taught first and second grade at a Charter School. I attended Roosevelt University, where I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology.

In my free time, I enjoy playing with my Chihuahua Tucker, shopping, reading, and baking.

I truly love being a teacher and I am so grateful to be here at Duker with your children each and every day!

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Miss Carbajal

This is my sixth year at Duker as the 4th grade Bilingual teacher. I received my undergraduate from Northeastern Illinois University and my Masters from North Park University. Becoming a teacher has been the best decision made thus far in my life. I get to share a treasure with my students that many people do not have – two worlds of languages and cultures. When I am not at school, my life revolves around my daughter, family, and friends.  
 

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Mrs. Justen

My name is Heather Justen and I have been teaching in McHenry for 25 years.  This is my 15th year at Duker teaching 4th grade.  Before that, I was at Parkland as a resource teacher.  I grew up in Crystal Lake, but now I live in Spring Grove with my husband Keith and our three children.  When I am not in school I enjoy geocaching and visiting parks with my family.  I also love to read and play games with my family to relax!

 

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Miss Lawrence

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Lawrence and this is my first year teaching at Duker. I graduated in May from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where I received my bachelor’s in Elementary Education. I am super excited to be a 4/5 looping teacher here at Duker. Teaching is my passion and I love to watch students grow in the classroom throughout the year. When I’m not teaching or planning fun and engaging lessons, I can be found sitting outside reading a book, spending time with family and friends, or crafting! 

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Mrs. L. Nellessen

Hi, I'm Lisa Nellessen.  I have been teaching both 4th and 5th grade at Duker for over 15 years.  I graduated from both Concordia University River Forest and Webster University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Master's in Curriculum and Instruction.  I live in Wauconda with my son, husband, and 2 crazy dogs.  When I'm not at school, I love running, biking, hiking, and watching Hallmark Channel.  My favorite place away from home is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Ms. Prater

I am in my 24th year and I enjoy working at Duker School.  Every day I come in with a smile and sense of humor!  In the words of Leo Buscaglia, "Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

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Mr. Raube

I have been teaching in the district for 23 years, starting at Edgebrook as a Learning Center Director and then coming to Duker when it reopened as a 4/5 building. I have taught both 4th and 5th grade and enjoy the students and all the subjects that I teach. Teaching both grades allows me to enjoy different topics each year. During my free time, I like to spend time with family, friends, and my dogs named Dagger and Asher. I try to get outside as much as possible and read when I get the chance.

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Mrs. Shrum

This is my 20th year being a special education teacher at Duker School.  I have been both a resource teacher and instructional teacher.  I live in McHenry with my husband and two daughters.  I love working with students in our community.

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Ms. Sullivan-Petty

This is my 26th year teaching.  I will be teaching 4th grade this year.  Outside of work I enjoying spending time with my sons (normally that includes sports)  & tending to my flowers.