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Principal's Corner



I am a proud citizen of our beautiful queen city, Selma, Alabama. I was educated in the Selma City School System from kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated from Selma High School in 1997.   I graduated from Concordia College Selma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education K-6 and continued my education further by attending The University of West Alabama completing two master’s degrees in Elementary Education K-6 and Instructional Leadership P-12. I am happily married and blessed with three wonderful children.

I am honored to serve as the principal of Payne Elementary STEAM Academy.  My goal is to build solid relationships with all scholars, parents, faculty, staff, and the community at Payne. My primary focus is on relationship building and data-driven instruction to enhance student achievement. I am passionate about education and I believe that all students can learn and grow when there is equity, joy in teaching and learning, and the most important ingredient love.  As the instructional leader, I strive to assist with ensuring that Payne Elementary has a nurturing and stimulating learning environment that promotes achievement to the highest potential. Virtual or not teaching and learning does not stop!  I look forward to meeting and working with each one of you. My doors are always open. Together We are Better.

Mrs. Tamera R. Carter, Principal