Mrs. Elliston - Grade 5
Mrs. Elliston- 5th grade

Welcome to Mrs. Elliston's  5th Grade Classroom

Hello, I'm Mrs. Elliston and  I am very happy to  be teaching 5th grade at Riley Upper Elementary.  I  earned a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan University,Go Broncos and a masters degree  from Eastern Michigan University.  I have taught in Livonia since 1995 most of which has been in fifth grade.  I have also taught at Coolidge, Hayes, and Johnson.  This is my twenty-fourth year of teaching.

I currently live in South Lyon with my husband and two sons.  Both of my sons graduated from South Lyon East and are attending Schoolcraft College before transferring to a university. Kyle, my oldest son, is transferring to Ferris State University.  They both played on the varsity soccer team at East.  Along with soccer my boys keep busy with all their outdoor activities mountain biking, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, and riding dirt bikes/ATV's.  In my spare time I enjoy making cards, downhill skiing, reading, shopping, and traveling.  One of my biggest accomplishments has been completing the Warrior Dash in 2012- 2015. In the end I made it through 12 obstacles and was completely covered in mud. 

I am also a former Livonia Public School student so I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful district that is dedicated to children.  I am looking forward to making this a successful and positive year for you and your child.  To ensure this success, we must keep the lines of communication open.  If you have any questions or concerns,  please feel free to contact me at school or via e-mail at  I feel that continuous dialogue between parent and teacher is vital to success throughout the year.  I look forward to meeting you in  the near future.

 Best Wishes,

Mrs. Deborah Elliston