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 has been our K-1st teacher since 2010. For the 2017-18 school year, Kathy takes over the 1-3 classroom, with the daily assistance of Elizabeth Null.

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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QuantityItem Description
1hard-case pencil box (must fit in desk)
1pair scissors (must fit in pencil box)
1 pkTiconderoga sharpened pencils
1pink eraser
1hand-held pencil sharpener (must fit in pencil box)
1pk markers
1pk colored pencils
1pk wide-ruled loose-leaf paper
2pks blank notecards
2K-2 journals (1st grade only)
2composition notebooks (2nd & 3rd grades)
2pocket folders
21-inch binders
1pair indoor shoes
1pair tennis shoes for P.E.
1refillable water bottle to keep on desk

Last updated 05/31/2018. Be sure to check out the Wishlist tab!

  • paper towels
  • paper clips (large & small)
  • heavy-duty electric pencil-sharpener
  • Lysol spray
  • printer paper
  • binder clips, various sizes