Carbondale New School

Serving Southern Illinois since 1974

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

Grades 1-2

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.

Student in Kathy's Classroom

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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QuantityItem Description
1hard-case pencil box (must fit in desk)
1pair scissors (must fit in pencil box)
1 pkTiconderoga™ sharpened pencils
3pink erasers
1hand-held pencil sharpener (must fit in pencil box)
124-pk Crayola™ crayons
1pk colored pencils
1pk washable markers
1K-2 journal (grades 1 & 2 only)
1composition notebooks (grades 3 & 4)
2pocket folders (pref. plastic)
11-inch binder
1pk white computer paper
2lg white poster-board
hand sanitizer (min. 60% alcohol)
1pair indoor shoes
1pair tennis shoes for P.E.
1refillable water bottle to keep on desk

Last updated 06/25/2021. Be sure to check out the Wishlist tab!

  • paper towels
  • construction-paper (18x24 & 12x18)
  • craft sticks (large)
  • Kleenex™
  • Ziploc™ bags (quart & gallon)
  • washable paint
  • paper plates (white)
  • Play-doh™
  • pipe-cleaners
  • Lysol™ wipes
  • standard staples
  • paper-clips