Giant City School Staff

Edwina Carter
Day Care Supervisor
Kellie Schimpf
Day Care Teacher
Mary Landt
SIU Pre-K Teacher
Bridget Buffington
SIU Pre-K Teacher
Theresa Hutchison
Kindergarten Teacher
Kelly Futrell
1st Grade Teacher
Jacob McCaughan
2nd Grade Teacher
Caryn Skiles
3rd Grade Teacher
Melissa Camasta
4th Grade Teacher
Kim Dillow
5th Grade Teacher
Chris Robison
Junior High Reading & WIN Teacher
Andrea Mize
6th Grade Language Arts
Michelle Bradley
Junior High Social Studies & Writing Teacher
Brian Murley
Junior High Math & Science Teacher
April Noto
Junior High Resource
Nikki Burrows
Primary Resource
Joanie Weber
Primary Resource
Rebecca Apgar
Director of Curriculum and Title Services
Natalie Walker
Speech Therapist
Deb Henson
Music Teacher & Band Conductor
Donna Millard
Art Teacher
Sarah Honza
Physical Education Teacher
Jessica Carsrud
Media Specialist
Nikki Rosenthal
Support Staff
Teresa Armit
Support Staff
Tammy Thompson
Support Staff
Melissa Mott
Support Staff
Barb Naugle
Support Staff
Pam Calhoun
District Administrative Professional
Ray Toliver
District Bookkeeper
Linda Stearns
Secretary / Nurse
Dan Meggs
Keith Joiner
Head Cook
Belinda Hill
Superintendent & Principal


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The Illinois State Board of Education is pleased to announce that Rising Star tool for continuous school improvement planning, now resides on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC), hosted by Northern Illinois University.

Giant City School has 18 full-time certified staff members, 9 full-time non-certified staff members, and 3 part-time non-certified staff members. Our district is housed in one building at 1062 Boskydell Road, Carbondale, IL 62902.


Day Care Assistant Supervisor


It is time to register for Little Giants Daycare fall session. The daycare is accepting applications for children ages 2-5 years old for full or part-time care. Little Giants works cooperatively with our preschool classroom to design a day best suited to each family. Please call or stop by today!


Join GCSPA today and help make your children’s dreams become a reality! Your membership fee is used to provide GCS students with services and equipment that would otherwise be unaffordable. GCSPA holds several fundraising events throughout the school year to raise money to help teachers purchase additional educational materials and supplies for their classroom and/or items for the school that would benefit all Giant City School students. Last year through the support of our Giant City families we raised approximately $15,000.00. We, in turn, gave this back to our teachers, drama program, supplies, etc. to help supplement the needs of the school.Every dollar donated is given back to the school. If you are interested in volunteering to help with fundraisers, please contact Kate Fakhoury at 618-319-0883. (Membership does not require you to volunteer but GCSPA encourages parent and teacher involvement) Your participation is vital to the success of GCSPA and the school. Please help support Giant City School!  Become a Member today!


Below is a listing of programs currently available to Giant City School: REBATES: Target RED Card – 1% of dollars spent RECYCLING: Ink Cartridges – Bring in your used ink cartridges and place them in the box provided by the front entrance. The cartridges will be recycled for Staples Rewards. REFUNDS: Please save the following labels and send into the school. Box Tops for Education – Send in your box tops in a zip top bag to your child’s classroom. The class that brings in the most box tops will earn a prize. Visit to learn more about the box tops program. You can also register your Kroger card to earn extra box tops. Go to and enter your Kroger card number. Campbell Soup Labels – Send in your labels in a zip top bag to your child’s classroom. Points earned from this program will benefit art supplies, etc. for Kids Klub. My Coke Rewards for Schools – Visit and donate your points to Giant City School. Click on Giant City School-Registered.

This is just another way to help support Giant City School!


In fall of 2007 GCSPA created a new fund aimed at helping those children and families in our school district who are in need.  The Giant City CARES fund will be accepting donations on an on-going basis and provide assistance when needed throughout the school year.  Our current goal is to maintain at least a $500.00 balance in the fund to assist with individual needs such as shoes, socks, coats, hats, gloves, etc. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to the program through classroom fundraisers such as CARE day. Individual donations will also be accepted throughout the year as well.  All contributions are fully tax deductible. If you are in need of assistance or know someone that is, please contact the school office.

Please show Giant City that you CARE.  Donate today!

Checks can be made payable to GCSPA.  Please write “Giant City CARES” on the memo line of your check and return to the school office. Thank you for your continued support! EMAIL US Note:  New board members are placed in office on July 1st of each year and serve a two-year term.


P.R.I.D.E. is a Living-Breathing Committee that is consistent in its message, however listens and changes as needed, to be effective with our students.

Components of Giant City’s P.R.I.D.E. Program

*Monthly Committee Meetings Committee consists of administration, staff, students, parents, and other interested community members. *Collaboration with Other Community Wellness Groups *Anti-bullying *Incentives *Character Development *Evaluations of Effectiveness *Parenting Information *Staff Workshops *Common School-wide Language and Behaviors *Class Meetings *Mentoring *Assemblies *Parent, Student, and Community Involvement *Giant City Wellness Night *Friday Folders *Daily Announcements


Below are files concerning Giant City School’s Bullying Policies. This plan was adopted on 5/20/13.

Please use the form to report bullying at our school.

A new Illinois Cyberbullying Policy states that students may be required to provide a password or other account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website if the district has reasonable cause to believe the process in the category of school will fully cleaned and hygiene for the students by emergency home solutions in oc that the student has violated a disciplinary rule or policy. Preventing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment (Policy 7:180) Bullying is defined in the school board policy as follows: Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communication made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

  • Placing the student in reasonable fear or harm of the student’s person or property.
  • Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
  • Substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance.
  • Substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.

Bullying, intimidation, or harassment may take various forms, including without limitation: threats, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, theft, physical violence, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.


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1062 Boskydell Rd. Carbondale, IL 62901
Ph: 618.457.5391     |     Fax: 618.549.5060