Third Grade

Third Grade Teachers

Mrs. Flynn
Kelsey Flynn has been teaching at Dee-Mack since 2014. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University and received her Reading Specialist Masters from Olivet Nazarene University in 2016. Mrs. Flynn lives in Mackinaw with her husband and three children. She can be reached at x 2130.

Ms. Gudeman
Shelby Gudeman has been teaching third grade at Dee-Mack since 2000.She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelors in Arts in 1995 and earned a Masters in Education Teaching Leadership in 2005 from St. Xavier Universtity. She enjoys music, reading, and spending time with her family. Miss Gudeman can be reached at x. 2132.

Mrs. Sapinski
Chrissy Sapinski has been teaching third grade at Dee-Mack since 2005. She graduated from Northern Illinois Unversity with a Bachelors in Science in 2003 and received a Masters in Reading from Illinois State University in 2009. Mrs. Sapinski lives in Peoria with her husband, Aaron and her 3 boys. Mrs. Sapinski can be reached at x. 2146.

Welcome to the Third Grade!

Third Grade is such an exciting year! Two words that come to mind are independence and responsibility. This is the year your child will grow immensely in both areas.

As you know, this is the year your child will master cursive writing, borrowing, and carrying numbers. He will further his understanding in reading and writing skills. He will be introduced to a number of fun concepts in science and social studies. Also, by the end of the year, your child will be introduced to multiplication and division. More important than any of those details is the emotional growth of the 8 and 9 year old child. This is the year they “step up to the plate” and choose to be responsible. This is the year they stand on their own in so many ways.

As parents and teachers, we are constantly guiding them to this independence. We do hold them accountable for homework and assignments. We help them organize themselves so they will be able to decide if they should play first, or do homework first. Instead of making excuses, we remind them that they can take a deep breath and focus on work, not distract themselves with TV.

This is the year of immense growth for your child. Let’s celebrate their abilities and encourage their growth


See the Expectations and Introduction pages for more information.

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