Dr. Jill Payne

Phone: 704-866-8467


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Dr. Jill Payne

My name is Jill Payne and I am honored to be the principal of Hawks Nest STEAM Academy. I have been in education for nearly 20 years serving as a teacher's assistant, teacher, and administrator in Gaston County Schools.

I am a 1992 graduate of South Point High School and received my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Belmont Abbey College. I have my National Boards Certification and I earned my Master's Degree in School Leadership and Supervision as well as Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gardner Webb University.

Outside of school, my husband and I have the privilege of being the parents of three of the most beautiful girls. We enjoy going to church together, spending time outdoors and are definite fans of family game night.