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Catherine Payne Interview

May 18, 2011 | Filed Under: Important News

In this edition of Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox introduces us to Catherine Payne, who recently retired after a long career as one of Hawaii’s most respected educators. After spending her childhood moving from place to place with her Navy pilot father, Payne spent her adult life working to create stability for Hawaii teenagers – including many who lacked adults they could depend on. During a career that spanned more than 35 years, she worked as a teacher, vice principal and principal, never taking on the easy jobs. Instead, she led some of the toughest schools on Oahu and nurtured students with not only academic, but languages, socio-economic and behavioral challenges.