Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Thomas Payne

I started at WHS in January 2022, teaching Biology.  This year I will additionally teach Ecology.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UMKC, as well as a doctorate degree in Botany from the University of Texas at Austin.  I come to teaching by way of earlier careers as a research scientist and natural resource manager.  If you notice an accent when I speak, it's probably because I spent a decade or so living and working in Australia.  My teaching career began in Los Angeles, California, where I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California.

I genuinely hope that students enjoy my class and learn heaps--that's Australian for 'a lot.'

Email is probably the best way to contact me with questions about the course, but please be patient if I cannot reply immediately: