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About Me

I have been a professional educator since 1991. I have taught in CA, PA, HI, and TX. My credentials are in Secondary Mathematics, Computer Concepts, and Physics. This year will be my 4th year on the SMERT team in Engineering as well. Yahoo!
My B.S. was obtained at Westmont College in Santa Barbara as well as my teacher training program. I did masters work at UCI and Concordia University for my M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Educational Technology.
I love teaching but more importantly, I want to teach HOW TO LOVE LEARNING. Anything... learning is amazingly fun. I love to read about all the brain research being done. I listen to a lot of podcasts about science!
Some facts about me:
I grew up in Orange County when we still had tons of oranges.
I am an identical twin (she lives in Portland, OR).
My husband works from home and is a fractional C level executive for startups.
My daughter just graduated college in Birmingham, AL.
My son is entering 11th grade in Long Beach Unified.
We have two rescue dogs and a bearded dragon.
I prefer Apple products. :)
I am related to Laura Ingalls Wilder... do you know who that is?
I have a TpT page, a website, a blog, and a YouTube channel for math videos.
I also made some sourdough starter from scratch... and my son loves to bake!
I have a pilot's license and love to scuba dive. I like to garden, paint, knit, do puzzles of all kinds, and watch and read mysteries and historical fiction.
I also play in a handbell choir.
I spend a lot of time in Placencia, Belize, C.A.
My husband and I won a trip to Greece when we went on Let's Make a Deal last year (episode 14127; airdate 3/24/23)
Enough about me... whew! What do you like to do? Tell me in your first post!



Welcome Back!

This is a strange wonderful journey and we are doing it together! I will be doing all of our meetings through Teams. If you are enrolled in my classes that is the first place you should go to answer any questions you may have. Go there EVERY DAY to check out what's what and I look forward to meeting and knowing you all.
Kumu Payne

Office Hours

Hello, Scholars! 
I will continue to be available for assistance and encouragement most of the time via e-mail. My set hours where I will be available to help will be determined by my teaching schedule so it changes each year. In general, I am NOT available at lunchtime. If I need to adjust I will but for right now e-mail me and I'll get back to you when I am able. Always do your best work! Work hard and be nice.
Sincerely, Mrs. Payne

QR code for Staples Classroom Rewards
Aloha all my students and families!
If you are headed to Staples and want to bless me with Classroom Rewards, here is the QR code that they generated for me. Note it says "Smith" as that was my previous name and I never got around to changing it with Staples.
Anyway, all donations are appreciated and every penny goes toward my students and enriching their experiences. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Sincerely, happily married to Mr. Payne,
Mrs. Payne