Miss Kelly Payne grew up in Chicago, Illinois and holds a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in special education from Arizona State University. Miss Payne has taught at New Way since 2015 with a focus in preparing lower school students to be successful problem solvers and apply math skills throughout their lives. Miss Payne is the head coach of ultimate Frisbee and can also be found cheering on other New Way sports teams in her spare time. Outside of New Way, Miss Payne has a true love of nature and the outdoors. She can usually be found outside hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee, listening and singing to classic Disney hits or traveling with family and friends.