About Me

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.

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