Carbondale New School

Serving Southern Illinois since 1974

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

PreK & Kindergartern

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 has been our K-1st teacher since 2010. For the 2015-16 school year, Kathy takes over the PreK-K classrooms, with the daily assistance of classroom-aide Fraenze Reichard.

Kathy's Philosophy of Teaching

Pumpkin Carving 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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Supply List 2015-16

Every student needs a backpack. Make sure the backpack is big enough to hold papers, art work, projects, extra clothes, etc. Some kids like to stick their lunchbox in the backpack at the end of the day.

I will provide nap mats for the PreK students. You can send a lightweight, small blanket. It must fit easily in the cubby and backpack.

Every student will need indoor shoes. These are shoes that kids can wear when they are in the classroom. Suggestions for this are Crocs, sandals, houseslippers, etc.

Also, please pick at least 3 items from the wish list.

QuantityItem DescriptionLabel with Student Name
1K-2nd primary journal
1 boxCrayola washable markers
1 boxCrayola crayons 
6Elmer's glue sticks 
1 pk12x18 construction paper 
1 pkregular construction paper
1K-2nd primary journal
1pencil box
2pocket folders
224-pack Crayola crayons 
1Fiskar scissors 
6Elmer's glue sticks 

Last updated 08/05/2016.

Supplemental Classroom Resources

NumberLine (iOS), by the Math Learning Center
10 Frame Fill (iOS), by Classroom Focused Software
Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games
Todo Number Matrix (iOS), by Locomotive Labs
Math Doodles (iOS), by Carstens Studios
Tangram HD Lite
NumberLine, by the Math Learning Center
100+ Sight Word Activities