Carbondale New School

Serving Southern Illinois since 1974

The mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled

Grades 1-3

About Kathy

Kathy Compton Kathy Compton was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She received her Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling. She worked as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for a few years. After her third child, she went back to school and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood. After graduation, she was hired by Carbondale New School. She was our K-1st teacher from 2010-17, and moved into the grades 1-3 classroom in 2017-18.

1:1 Instruction

Kathy's Philosophy of Teaching

Education is full of endless possibilities. By using a hands-on-approach, I facilitate the growth of each student as he explores his surroundings. I do this in a fun and loving way as students learn important life skills, reading, writing, language arts, math, social studies and science. As learning occurs, students become independent, confident thinkers. Students work as a large group, small groups and on their own. Education is a fun and exciting adventure for all students.


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Student in Kathy's Classroom
QuantityItem Description
1hard-case pencil box (must fit in desk)
1pair scissors (must fit in pencil box)
3pink erasers
224-pk Crayola™ crayons
1pk colored pencils
1pk washable markers
10unscented glue-sticks
1bottle Elmer's Glue (white)
1K-2 journal
4pocket folders (pref. plastic)
1pk white computer paper
3white poster board
1pair indoor shoes
1pair tennis shoes for P.E.
1refillable water bottle to keep on desk

Last updated 07/17/2023. Be sure to check out the Wishlist tab!

  • paper towels
  • construction-paper (12x18)
  • craft sticks
  • Ziploc™ bags (quart & gallon)
  • paper plates (white)
  • dry-erase markers
  • white & colored cardstock
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • Lysol™ wipes
  • colored pens
  • cotton-bals