Carbondale New School

Serving Southern Illinois since 1974

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

PreK & Kindergartern

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

--Dorothy Parker

About Melissa

Melissa Huggins Melissa was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, and moved to New York in 2007 when her husband was transferred with the military. After several years of exploring New York, and the birth of her son, she and her family moved back to Illinois and settled in Marion. When considering options for kindergarten for their son, she fell in love with the learning atmosphere and feeling of family that CNS offers. She accepted a full-time aide position in the Pre-K/K classroom while her son attended CNS for Kindergarten, and has now been with Carbondale New School for five years. The 2021-2022 school year will be her second year as lead teacher of the Pre-K/K classroom.

Melissa's Philosophy of Teaching

The first thing every child should know when walking into a classroom is that they are loved. Once love and trust are built, anything is possible. Learning should be exciting. I want our students to want to learn, to be excited. I do this by approaching learning in many different ways. Hands on activities allow our students to think outside the box, forming new ways to solve a problem. Group activities provide our students with the opportunity to share ideas and open communication with their peers. Independent learning allows each student to use their own method of learning to build their self confidence. Getting up and exploring the classroom, moving our bodies and learning through play helps to make us confident, independent, eager learners.



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Quantity Item Description Label w/Name
Every Student
4 boxes Crayola™ crayons
1 pk fat Crayola™ markers
12 glue sticks
1 pkg pencils (Ticonderoga™ preferred)
1 Kindergarten jounral
1 hard 9-inch pencil-box
1 pair scissors (Fiskars™ preferred)
1 large backpack
1 pkg watercolor paint (Crayola™ preferred)
1 pk Lysol™ wipes
1 pk outdoor chalk
1 white or black 3-inch 3-ring binder
1 Scotch™ tape
1 pair indoor shoes
1 pair tennis shoes for P.E.
2 complete change of clothes
1 bag guinea pig bedding
1 pkg guinea pig food
1 bag guinea pig hay
PreK Only
1 blanket
1 yoga mat
1 sandwich bags
1 copy paper
1 pkg large construction paper
1 pkg dry-erase markers
1 pkg sticky notes
1 pkg small construction paper

Last updated 06/26/2021. Be sure to check out the Wishlist tab!

  • Canon ink toner cartridge PG-245XL CL-246XL
  • laminating sheets
  • paper towels
  • large craft sticks
  • Kleenex™
  • washable paint
  • paper plates (white)
  • Play-doh™
  • pipe-cleaners
  • Lysol™ wipes
  • standard staples
  • paper-clips