Faculty & Staff
Ms. Kukielka
Susan J. Kukielka - Principal

Susan J. Kukielka has been Principal of Decatur Classical School since 2005, leading this diverse school of exceptional learners and dedicated staff. Since coming to Decatur, “Ms. K” as she is known to the Decatur community, has expanded our Science Program, PE Programming and procured an Artist in Residence Program. She has also renewed a dedication to education by increasing the additional certification and professional development of the teaching faculty.

Her leadership and organizational skills have brought a cohesiveness to the school that has made this regional school feel like a real family. She has found the perfect combination that spurs our success; teachers, staff, students and parents all play an important role on the Decatur team. Adored and respected by all, her door is always open to those who need her.

Contact Susan J. Kukielka, Principal

Mrs. Jockl
Kimberly A. Jockl - Assistant Principal

“Mrs. J” brings the energy to Decatur. From handling bussing issues to discipline and organization, you'll always find she has a smile and a kind word to share.

Since coming to Decatur in 2005, she has brought with her years of classroom and educational experiences. Helping to keep the Decatur spirit burning bright, Mrs. J shows a commitment to the students as she shares their enthusiasm and love for learning.

Contact Kimberly A. Jockl, Asst. Principal

Margo Regalado-School Clerk

As our school clerk, Mrs. Regalado greets you with a smile in the front office.  Whenever in doubt, ask Mrs. Regalado.  She knows everything there is to know about Decatur.

Contact Margo Regalado, Decatur Clerk

Roland Paulnitsky-Security

Mr. P is a retired Chicago Police Officer and serves Decatur with the same commitment he gave to the citizens of Chicago.

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 Email Address for each Teacher/Staff Member
Kindergarten: Room 100 Christina Wachenheimer
1st Grade: Room 102 Erin Cole
2nd Grade: Room 104 Theresa Ludlow
2nd Grade: Room 105 Amanda Coleman
3rd Grade: Room 103 Katherine Thomas
3rd Grade: Room 107 Nancy Jorbin
4th Grade: Room 106 Andrea Cohen
5th Grade: Room 111 David Pfest
6th Grade: Room 109 Marianne Sharping
6th Grade: Room 110 Beth Allegretti
Case Manager
Special Education Teacher Judy Ellis
Literacy Leader Cate Drake
Clerk Margo Regalado
Computer Shara Melnicoff
PE Alan Albert
Latin Nava Cohen
Music Phillip Brownlee
Teacher Assistant Sherry Strom
Teacher Assistant Jane Albert
Teacher Assistant Brenda Jenkins
Custodial Staff Angel Vazquez
Lunchroom Manager Nikki Kolovos
Lunchroom Lina Azzo
Substitute Teacher for Room 105 Timi Allegretti
Security Roland Paulnitsky


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Faculty Awards and Honors

Decatur Classical School has been #1 in the State of IL on ISAT scores
for 16 of the past 17 years

  • Decatur was honored by the Chicago Board of Education for its achievements at a televised board meeting where we received a citation of recognition.
  • Decatur students have consistently triumphed at local, regional, state and national levels of competition in Math, Latin, Science, Music, Art and Problem Solving.
  • Decatur students place in the highest levels in the Math, Essay and Oratory Competitions at the Academic Olympics.
  • Decatur 5th and 6th graders participate in the Metropolitan History Fair and students frequently progresss to the State level.
  • Students participate in the Spelling Bee and move to finals at the City level.
  • Students participate in the National Geography Bee and achieve high honors at National levels.
  • 100% of Decatur students consistently score above national norm in Math and in Reading.
  • ISAT scores were the highest in the state in 14 of the last 15 years, with the Science and Writing ranking in the highest percentiles.
  • Decatur has been consistently recognized for Exemplary Student Achievement.
  • Decatur has been consistently recognized for Exemplary Student Attendance.
  • Students have won first place in the Intermediate Division of the Young Author's Contest, the Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest, the Immigration Awareness Essay Contest, the Chicago Inner City Games Essay Contest and the Academic Olympics Essay and Oratory Competitions.
  • Decatur routinely achieves high ranking scores at the annual Region 1 Science Fair.
  • The Decatur Problem Solving Team formed in 1995, won the Illinois State competition the first time it competed, and has continued to win 1st place each subsequent year.

Faculty members reflect the incisive ideals of the school community with a well defined vision of the Decatur mandate. Honors received include:

annenberg.jpgAnnenberg Challenge Grant

Oppenheimer Family Foundation Grants

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marshall_fields.jpgMarshall Field & Co. Fine Arts Grant and A.R.T. Grants

  • Illinois State Board of Education Grant
  • The Intermediate Science Teacher has been awarded the NASA Science Award for Excellence and interned at Cape Kennedy for two weeks.
  • The primary department team leader was named the recipient of Illinois' Distinguished Teacher Award
  • The Visual Arts Teacher was a finalist for the WBBM Channel 2 “Thanks To Teachers” Award
  • Many of our teachers are CPS Drive Award Finalists (Delivering Results through Innovative and Visionary Education)
  • Rochelle Lee Grants
  • Chicago Foundation for Education Grants
  • 2009 DRIVE Award Winner, Vince Bauermeister.
  • 2010 Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago "Teacher of the Year" award winners, Mrs. Sharping and Mrs. Allegretti.

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7030 N. Sacramento Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645 | Phone (773) 534-2200 | Fax (773) 534-2191

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