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Karen Payne

5th Grade Math Teacher

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About Me

Educational History:

I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in August 1992 with a degree in Elementary Education. Immediately following my graduation, I began teaching at Bale Elementary in the Little Rock School District.  My first year of teaching was rather unique - filling in as a long-term substitute for two different teachers.  I taught 5th/6th grade Science during the first semester and kindergarten the second semester.  The following year, I moved to Meadowcliff Elementary (also in the Little Rock School District) where I taught first grade for two years before moving to Bismarck.  I am so thankful for the opportunities I had early in my teaching career.


In 1995, I began teaching in the Bismarck School District and I've been here ever since.  In 2009 I decided to further my education by pursing my master's degree.  I completed my Master of Science in Education degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in May 2011.


I count it a privilege to begin my 23rd year of teaching in a district and community that I love. 




Degrees and Certifications:

BSE - University of Arkansas at Little Rock (August 1992)

MSE - Arkansas State University (May 2011)

Current Position:

Bismarck School District (1995 - Present)

Currently Teaching 5th Grade Math

Previous Position:

1992  5th/6th Grade Science (Little Rock School District)

1993  Kindergarten (Little Rock School District)

1993-1995  First Grade (Little Rock School District)

Family Information:

My husband and I married in 1991. We have two children. Our son is a graduate of Bismarck High School and our daughter is in the 8th grade at Bismarck Middle School.

Personal Information:

When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, photography, and serving in my church.

Karen Payne

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