Dr. Payne is a product of the Houston County school system working his way through Parkwood Elementary, Northside Junior High, and Northside High School. He is entering his 19th year as an educator and is happy to be working in the best school system in the state of Georgia. He graduated in 1999 from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s
degree in Early Childhood Education, completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in 2007, and completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in 2016. When he is not working, Dr. Payne loves to spend time with his beautiful wife Heather and his wonderful children Mia and Lucas. He also loves to watch and support his Miami Hurricanes, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Falcons.
Dr. Payne believes the ultimate goal for every student is to graduate high school, and he understands that a student’s path to graduation starts in elementary school. He believes every student has the ability to grow as
learners, and he is going to do everything he can to help ALL of our students live our mission statement to “Build a Community of Responsible, Life-Long Learners.” Dr. Payne is excited to be in Bulldog Country, and as he always
says…It’s GREAT to be a Perdue Elementary Bulldog!!!