Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Danielle Payne. I have been in the field of Education for 23 years. I am excited to be a part of the Richton Square Family as one of the full day, Pre-Kindergarten teachers. I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Chicago State University and a Masters of Education degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
My personal educational philosophy is that children learn by understanding. It is the responsibility of the caregiver to direct the curiosity of the child so that their experiences are positive, learning ones. The greatest satisfaction I receive from teaching is when I witness the development of students becoming problem solvers, asking questions, and making connections to their own lives and experiences. Being a part of the social, emotional, and cognitive growth of students is a great reward!
In my spare time, I love hanging out with my husband and two children ages 15 and 12.