What can I say about Dr. Payne?
He is truly a wonderful leader who exhibits the passion and drive needed to help our students succeed! He helps wherever and whenever is possible. He extends himself on a day basis, helping students reach their full potential and ensuring their educational needs are priority. I am so proud to call him a colleague and friend. He is deserving of this recognition and hopefully, many, many more in the future!!
Dr. Lanor Payne is a positive leader in our community, and does it in style. I met Dr. Payne when I was a student of his at Harris Stowe State University, and he made everyday exciting. He has a real passion to help his students, as well as the parent’s of the students. Dr. Payne at the time not only taught my college class in the evening, he also was a Principal at an elementary school during the day. His tireless energy that he poured into my classroom gave us hope. Dr. Payne’s endless resources to help parents at his school, such as mentors helped my son. Dr. Payne has a positive outlook on things, and knows that if the families are being helped that the students of those families would also benefit. Having a positive, trusted, and caring leader like Dr. Payne is endless of what possibilities he would bring.
This is my children first year at Michelle Obama and Dr. Payne made them feel welcome that they want to come everyday. It made feel like he showed interest in my child when they would say hello to him and he knew thier names and spoke back.
There is no greater nominee than Bro. Dr. Lanor Payne....he sets the standard for community service and empowering our future leaders.
Thank you for all that you do for the students and staff. It's been a great year working for you.
Dr. Payne is dedicated to his career and also to the youth of America. His tactfulness, motivation, and positive attitude should be something we all strive to emulate.
Dr Payne is a person who has changed the lives of students and staff. He goes beyond the call of duty to assist staff and students in any situation. He is a positive role model who not only impacts schools but also impacts the communities around them. His leadership skills and his presence encourages and motivates you to be a better person. Dr. Payne is a great example of true leadership!
The importance of effective early childhood education program can simply not be understated. In just a brief period of time, Dr. Payne has transformed the culture and expectations of early childhood education in the Riverview Gardens School District. In my personal conversations with him, he speaks directly about his passion for early childhood education, which comes out in his work, and even when I walk through the doors of the Michelle Obama ECAC. This effect has already trickled down to the families in our community. Dr. Payne clearly understands and embraces an understanding of the difference between fault and responsibility, and is creating a beacon for RGSD. As the District Intervention Coordinator, his work directly affects mine, and I consider it a privilege to call him "Frat" and to work alongside him.
I have known Dr. Payne for quite some time now. I have known him since his early college days, and I’ve always known him to be a man of honor and principal. I consider myself lucky to have such a good friend in my life, and I know that if nominated for this award he will do the absolute best they can.I say congratulations to you sir, I know you are the best choice for this award. Much love to you in the future, and I value our continued friendship and loyalty.
Well deserved...Awesome young man!!!
Dr. Payne is a great leader and educator. He goes beyond to serve and help children. He is compassionate and puts his all in everything that he does. He is well deserving of every accolades that comes to him!
I have known Dr. Payne for many years and he is a remarkable person. What a positive and much needed role model you have. Congratulations Mr. Payne a well deserved honor.
In Dr. Lanor Payne’s short tenure as the Director of the Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center, he has demonstrated the epitome of a Nobel leader. His excellence is exhibited in the work of itself! Dr. Payne has presented to the Riverview Gardens School community with a vast amount of knowledge and enthusiasm, cultivating a shift of energy. Through transparency, Dr. Payne has built relationships with scholars and families, in addition to his team of staff, increasing the moral of his administrative office staff, educators and families. His presence has reshaped the climate and culture of our buildings patrons and future leaders. He extends himself to others throughout the course of the day, to ensure that his staffs needs are met, as he performs frequent classroom visits/walk throughs to identify if he may be of assistance in anyway, i.e to relieve someone for a restroom and/or telephone break. Dr. Payne’s innovative leadership has been an appreciated game changer for the building and community, hence the positive energy felt upon entering and throughout the building. Dr. Payne has partnered with agencies, bringing resources to our families, to support and reduce barriers that many face daily. Dr. Payne is an inspiring exemplary role model, we appreciate him and his leadership. For those impactful reasons, he is most deserving of life changer of the year recognition!
Let me tell take a minute and tell the world about Michelle Obama's Early Childhood director..Dr. Payne. This man is AMAZING! When I tell you that we the staff at Michelle Obama are blessed to be under the direction of this man, we truly are. He has only been with us a little under 6 months and he has done so much in those 6 months for our school. I appreciate all that he does, not just for our families but also for the staff. He makes us feel so appreciated and that means a lot when many teachers and others in school settings now of days feel underappreciated by their administration . I know from personal experience, he has come through with encouraging words that were needed to be heard at the time. And because of those encouraging words, he has inspired me to JUMP in 2019. #LCOY
Dr.Payne is a wonderful educator and leader. He has been with our center for a few months and he has had a great impact on our scholars, families and staff. He is all about building relationships and ensuring our school that we have what we need to succeed.
It’s been a great year thus far and it will continue under his leadership!
Thanks for being a life changer!!
Dr. Payne has been Michelle Obama ECAC less than a year, however he has implemented many great things already and created a positive work environment. Dr. Payne is very involved, he makes himself present daily in each classroom. Dr. Payne is very supportive of teachers, staff and families. He is a fantastic leader deserving of recognition.
I have only known Dr. Payne for a few months but I love the atmosphere he is building in our school. As a teacher at Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center, I really appreciate the way he listens to the needs of the staff and families here and uses every resource he can to help better our school. There is not a day that goes by that we do not see his smiling face in our classrooms, hallways, cafeteria etc. He takes the time to get to know our students and comes in each classroom every morning to greet us and it really helps the students start their day. He does not hesitate to lend a helping hand anytime it is needed. He really is a true leader!
Dr. Payne has only been here at the Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center for a few months, but his spirit and passion for education, building a positive climate, partnerships and relationships with parent, students and staff have been phenomenal. He is stern, but not rigid, which is key within our environment. He is always willing to assist and is always listening for information that will improve our facility. Dr. Payne is a fine example of true Leadership!
Dr. Payne I have only worked with you for 4 months it has been so great. Dr. Payne is truly a great leader his passion for the students we serves goes over and beyond for not just one student but all and he gives the same to his staff. He believes that everyone has something to offer and to watch him build a moral throughout the school is great. I love how he actually comes in the classrooms and gets to know his students and supports his staff. He is setting the course for bring our families and the community in to the school and building that trust and respect with each family that we serve. I look forward to seeing and helping build that partnership with our families. Dr.Payne has been pulling in every resource to try to get what we need here at the early childhood center. I love that he takes time out to hear what his staff has to say and he works with us to make change.
Dr. Payne sets the tone for excellence
Dr. Payne has brought many changes to our building and all for the benefit of our students. He is an asset to our learning environment and a team leader.
It is a pleasure having Dr. Payne as our new director at Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center. Dr. Payne has a great sense of humor. He has made coming to work for me enjoyable. The ideas that he has brought to the Early Childhood Center are always child focused and targeted for parent participation. Something that really stuck out to me about Dr. Payne is how he came around to all the classroom to greet the staff and children since day one! Only day so far he missed coming around to greet us was due to him attending a meeting! The year is off to a great start under the leadership of Dr. Payne and I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the year as well. Congrats!
Dr. Payne has a vision for changing the culture of our school by meeting the teachers’ needs. The result of this goal is that teachers are more prepared to meet the needs of our scholars.
Lanor is a man who gives without knowing it. He gives love to every one he meets. He know just how to answer the question you do not know how to ask. This is everything that a child looks for. He came into Clay last year and opened up so many hearts. Our community was renewed in such a small period of time. It has been a long time since I could call a man charismatic and wanting to teach young children at the same time. He was God's answer to Clay. I am ever thankful for him coming into our community and rebuilding and establishing relationships in our community.
Dr. Lanor Payne is truly an outstanding leader. He has worked with many children in the Hyde Park area. He has shown great leadership abilities while working with families and students in all areas of their lives to help them to become well rounded citizens. He had helped staff under his leadership to return to school to further their education and to explore new opportunities in their lives. I couldn't think of anyone more deserving of this great honor He is the leader that goes above and beyond his call of duty as a leader. He was a true leader and guide doing my loss of a family member. When others as leaders would have just called he was there to help me make it through every step of the way.He lives up to his quality of a true leader and more.He has and forever made a great impression on my life.
I personally had the wonderful amazing pleasure to work side by side with Dr. Payne while he was a Principal for Saint Louis Public Schools. Our school was without hope.
When Dr. Payne arrive I and others never seen such kindness and compassion towards student. Dr. Payne produce programs in our building that we never had . Basketball, taking kids exposing them to Opera and utilizing community partners to help with little things such as painting the building for free setting up after school Barbe shops. Due to the community the school was in Dr. Payne would walk and I said walk kids home from school and pick them up. The love and care is genuine for children. Dr. Payne would be outstanding.
I was introduced to Dr. Payne several years ago. Since our interecation, he expressed his passion for education and concerned for our youth. Our community is fortunate/blessed to have a passionate educator to mold and inspired the intellect oh the youth. He’s deserving of the Lifechanger of the year Award.
Dr. Payne is a phenomenal educator who in intent on building a strong academic foundation in children. To do this, he understands that he has to build a trusting relationship with parents and be an innovative leader to staff.
Dr. Payne operates under the premise of students first. He works to expand the reach of the school to the community to expose children to opportunities they may not otherwise have. He also works to rebuild the connection the community has with the school to change the narrative of students of color.
Dr. Payne truly deserves the honor of being Leader of the Year!
Mr. Payne came to my attention as the teacher for my daughter. He gave me a strong impression that he had complete control of his environment without the effort I have witness in many of his peers. I was astonished to learn that Mr. Payne still had not received his certification. He clearly demonstrated to me that he was beyond his years as an educator and that he would surely be an asset to any teaching institution’s cadre.
While visiting Mr. Payne’s classroom, I noticed that he had full command of his charges’ attention without exerting any noticeable strain. Mr. Payne showed the straits of, in my opinion, the ‘old time” teachers; those teachers who garnered respect by just the movement of their eyes. I came to appreciate those teachers and was greatly surprised to see that type of commitment and dedication in a person of Mr. Payne’s age and experience.
I am proud to say that my daughter learned a great deal while under Mr. Payne’s care which she proudly demonstrated to me daily. I came to understand that Mr. Payne was under great restrictions due to the teaching doctrine of Cornerstone but glad that he could produce the outcome shown by my daughter in spite of that doctrine.
It was with a sense of remorse that Mr. Payne and my daughter had to part but I am happy that he is continuing to move forward with in his determination to be a valuable tool in the education of our youth. Mr. Payne has a lot to offer to the profession of education and I am glad that my daughter and I had the opportunity to share in what he is imparting. Mr. Payne will leave a lasting impression on those whose lives he will touch, an impression that will only enhance those lives.
I write this letter with a great appreciation from my daughter who grew under Mr. Payne’s guidance and me for encountering an individual with ability to teach to those whose young minds are valuable and extremely precious. I can only wish that others will come to see the value in Mr. Payne that I did.
Dr Payne is a real gem; so full of life, dedication, and passion! He is not afraid to steer the ship nor work in the trenches! He goes above and beyond for his students and staff. He is a real servant leader all while innovating the way.
Dr. Payne describes his leadership style as servant leadership. He is that and so much more! His dedication to excellence, understanding nature, huge heart for people- with specific reference to children, passion, and poise together with so many other qualities, create a leader that faculty and staff cherish, parents love, and students adore and admire! Dr. Payne is gifted at created learning environments that develop young leaders and prepare them for their future. I was privileged to learn from and work with such an outstanding human being!
Dr Payne is a very Awsome roll model. Anything Dr Payne does turns to gold!!! He was my principal last year at Clay Acdamey we work well as a team miss you Dr Payne.
AKA Mama Clay??
Dr. Payne and a phenomenal leader who is truly passionate about students and their well-being both inside and outside of the classroom. He’s hard-working, relatable, and someone who constantly makes everyone around him better.
Dr Payne is one of the best educators i have ever met in my life time he makes a big impact on the students staff parents and friends in his life there's no one better for this award than Dr Lanor Payne!!!!.
Dr. Payne is a wonderful educators and phenomenal principal. The relationship he builds with teachers and students is above and beyond the call of duty. I can not think a better person to receive is this award.
I agree,Dr.Payne is definitely a positive role model.He was my principal at Clay Elementary all of the parents and staff loved him as well he was always trying to find ways to help the community.Dr.Payne was always willing to go the extra mile for his staff and students.
Dr Payne makes a difference in children's lives as he goes above and beyond making sure that needs are met and he always bring new and innovative ideas wherever he goes. He's not only an asset in his employment endeavors but also an asset as a friend as well. Whenever a roadblock seem to have been reached he always has an answer.
Dr. Payne is an outstanding person that takes a humble and genuine approach when impacting those around him. I feel as though working with kids for him is truly his passion and he exemplifies this through his work ethics and the way he interacts with the kids. He has a really good heart!