Superintendent Tim Payne
Mr. Payne completed his educational studies at Spokane Community College where he received his AA Degree. He then attended Eastern Washington University earning a BA in General Studies and a BA in Earth Science Education. He then attended Heritage University to garner a Master’s Degree in School Administration and received his Superintendent Certification from Washington State University.
He used his love of Earth Science lead him to spend time working in industry for the National Forest Service as a wildland firefighter and engine foreman prior to starting his career in education. Mr. Payne began working in education teaching grades 6-8 in his hometown school at Nepelem Elementary School. After spending five years in the classroom, he made the move to take on a dual role as Superintendent and Principal for the Keller School District. He was hired by the College Place Public School District in 2001 as the Superintendent. Mr. Payne is serving his 13th year as Superintendent this year.
Mr. Payne grew up on an 80-acre ranch 9 miles outside of Nespelem WA on the Colville Indian Reservation. He was the middle child in a family of 7 children. His father was a registered Colville Indian and worked as a diesel mechanic/fabrication for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. His mother stayed home to care for the family. He enjoys spending time with his family, his wife Shelia of 26 years –they met in Kindergarten- and their three lovely daughters. In his spare time Tim enjoys softball, basketball and time spent on his dirt bike.
Mr. Payne is most known for saying that“People are more important than work.” His personal mission at CPPS is to love and appreciate kids as they are and then teach them so that they can learn.