• Patricia Ann Payne

    Patricia (Pat) Payne is an Indianapolis native and began her employment with the Indianapolis Public Schools in 1962. She taught second grade until 1987 when she was appointed to design and direct the IPS Crispus Attucks Center, which comprised the Office of Multicultural Education and the Crispus Attucks Museum of African/African American History. Following a brief retirement in 2014, she returned to IPS and transitioned to an IPS Administrator on Special Assignment. Presently, Pat directs the IPS Racial Equity Office and the Crispus Attucks Museum. She has served IPS for over 58 years. She attended IPS, kindergarten through 12th grade. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and her Master’s Degree and Administrative License from IUPUI. In 1990, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Martin University. Pat is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards, including, Sagamore of the Wabash, awarded by the State of Indiana. Pat is the mother of one daughter, Kristie King, and grandmother of Michael and Myles. She is an ordained Elder and attends Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, a member over 50 years.

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