JACKSON, Tenn. – As Dr. Roderick Payne enters his twentieth year as an educator, he will take on a new role as Dr. Eric Jones, Superintendent of the Jackson-Madison County School System, announces his hiring as principal of Parkview Learning Center. “I look forward to the challenge of changing students’ mindsets that their futures are not set, that their potential has yet to be realized,” said Dr. Payne.
Joining the district after nine years in administration in the Shelby County Schools, Dr. Payne most recently served as District Administrator of Academic Operations and School Support. He spent the 10 previous years in Memphis City Schools working in the middle and high school levels. “The job of principal at Parkview Learning Center appealed to me because it will give me an opportunity to have a positive impact on our youth and provide exposure to authentic outcomes to successful life goals,” Dr. Payne stated.
Dr. Payne expects challenges as he takes over the district’s alternative school for high and middle school students. “I expect the biggest challenge will be to change the mindset of students and, often times, the parent when they may have given up on being a successful person,” admitted Payne. “Many times, all it takes is a caring individual providing an opportunity.” He said to expect changes, including new programs to be implemented at Parkview.
As for what parents, students and staff can expect, Dr. Payne said he wants to create a positive, safe learning and teaching environment. “They will see a structured climate where everyone is treated fairly and with respect,” he explained. “I will be transparent with communication and information impacting personnel and students.”
The Memphis native attended Shelby and Tipton County schools, graduating from Munford High School. He earned his Bachelors in Criminal Justice at the University of Tennessee at Martin, his Masters from Christian Brothers University, his Education Specialist from Union University and his Doctorate from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Payne and his wife of 19-years have two children, a daughter who is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a 12-year-old son who will enter the 7th grade this fall. He is an avid sports fan, basketball in particular.
Dr. Payne takes over for Jason Newman, who left the district to pursue another administrative opportunity.