Hi. My name is Beverly Reavis Payne. I have been an educator for 25+ years. Currently, I am an Assistant Superintendent for a fabulous school district in beautiful Western North Carolina.
I started my career in education after receiving a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. I taught students in grades 9-12 the English Language Arts curriculum and assisted students in publishing the school yearbook. After adding K-12 Gifted Education Specialist to my license, I worked more directly with the academically and intellectually gifted students.
I earned a Master's in Education degree from Western Carolina University and added K-12 Curriculum Instructional Specialist to my license. After 14 years in the classroom, I moved to administration in the district office, where I have held different titles, but curriculum, instruction, testing, accountability, professional development, and school improvement have always remained a part of my responsibilities. And I enjoy all of them - even testing. Small school systems typically do not have deep central offices, but this has allowed me enjoy working with staff and students in a variety of areas.
To my surprise, I eventually developed the itch to return to school again. I found a terrific fit at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the state's flagship school and a tremendous research institution. To say I enjoyed my time in UNL's Doctor of Education program is an understatement. I enjoyed the coursework, of course, but I fell in love with the research and the entire dissertation process. I know that sounds crazy, but I had the BEST advisor and committee chairperson to assist me every step of the way. Of course, NONE of it was easy. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever engaged in, and I did my share of bellyaching from time to time, but I am so thankful that I had the opportunity.