Ms. Payne believes that growth is a never-ending process. Ms. Payne began her academic career by earning her high school diploma from Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School in Clarksville, Indiana in 2014. She then earned her bachelor's degree in English Education, with a minor in psychology from Purdue University in 2019. Ms. Payne's career growth spurt occurred after she finished a teaching fellowship with Breakthrough Collaborative at SF Day School in San Francisco, California. She sought to translate the ideas she learned from Breakthrough's program during both her student teaching semester and in her own classroom. Although she struggled with cultural barriers and student engagement, with self-reflection and determination, she overcame the challenges of immersion and fostering student participation. She is currently a secondary English Language Arts resident at IDEA through the Urban Teachers program. She is working toward earning her master's degree in Educational Studies, with concentrations in Secondary Literacy and Special Education, from Johns Hopkins University in 2021.
Ms. Payne's favorite quote about growth is:
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all--in which case, you fail by default."