Ms. Payne believes that growth is a never-ending process. She began her academic career by earning her high school diploma from Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School in Clarksville, Indiana, then earned her bachelor's degree in English Education, with a minor in psychology, from Purdue University.
Ms. Payne's career growth spurt occurred after she finished a teaching fellowship with Breakthrough Collaborative at San Francisco 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 recently obtained a Masters of Science in Educational Studies, with concentrations in Secondary Literacy and Special Education, from Johns Hopkins University. Her educational experiences have shaped the way she interacts with students in the classroom, encouraging them to persevere and continue to grow in the face of challenges just as she did.
Ms. Payne values family and loves spending time with her dog Binx. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching television with friends.