Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Karen A Compton, MS


2023-2024 marks my 14th year in Plano ISD at Plano East Senior High School and my 20th year teaching overall.  I have taught in five different school districts / systems in two different states (Texas and Georgia).  I have taught all levels of Chemistry (OnLevel, Honors / Advanced, AP, IB SL and IB HL) as well as Physical Science / IPC, Biology and TAKS Science.  I, obviously, *LOVE* teaching AP and IB Chemistry, which is what I get the pleasure of doing at Plano East!!

I'm looking forward to an awesome school year as we all learn and grow!


If you ever have any questions or concerns: 
Students, please come talk to me or send me an email.
Parents, please send me an email.

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    *Master of Science in Chemistry from University of Colorado at Boulder

    *Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southern Methodist University

    *Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University



    2018 ACT2 (Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas) George Hague Jr Award for Teaching Excellence

    2017 ACS (American Chemical Society) Southwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching

    2014 ACS-DFW (American Chemical Society - Dallas Fort Worth Section) Werner Schulz Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching



    Physical Science, grades 8-12

    Dance, grades 6-12

  • Class Schedule:

    0 hour:  conference

    1st  - 2nd periods:  AP Chemistry

    3rd period:  IB Chemistry HL

    4th period:  Test make-ups

    5th - 6th periods:  AP Chemistry

    7th period:  off




    AP Chemistry

    IB Chemistry HL

    IB Chemistry SL


    For assignment calendars, please visit Google classroom



    Open House Video:



  • Tutorial Schedule: 

    7:30 - 7:55 am:     Monday - Friday

    8:00 - 8:50 am:     Monday - Friday  (unless need to tend to other departmental duties)

    4th period (A or B lunch):     Monday and Friday by appointment*

    7th period:     Monday and Thursday;  Wednesday, Friday by appointment*

    after school:     Monday and Thursday;  Wednesday, Friday by appointment*


    *by appointment = before making plans to attend tutorials during this time, check with Mrs Compton that she will be here – she probably will be;  letting her know that you plan to attend tutorials during this time helps to ensure that she is available / looking for you