Jen Payton


Courses Taught:

8th Grade Mathematics & 7th Grade Accelerated Mathematics



University of North Alabama, Education Specialist (Ed.S) in Teacher Leadership, 2017

University of Montevallo, Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Mathematics Education, 2009

University of Alabama at Birmingham/Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering, 2005


Millbrook Middle School (AL), 2017 – Present

Manassas Park High School (VA), 2011 – 2015

Woodbridge Senior High School (VA), 2010 – 2011

Fairfield High Preparatory School (AL), 2009 – 2010

Sylacauga High School (AL), 2007 – 2008


My Bachelor’s Degree is in Electrical Engineering, an applied mathematics. I began teaching in 2007 on an Emergency Certificate. After receiving my Master of Education in Secondary Mathematics, I began teaching in 9th Grade Algebra 1. After moving to Virginia (to strike out on my own!), I began teaching 9th – 11th Grade Mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, & Honors Pre-Calculus). I moved home to Sylacauga in 2015 when my dad became very sick and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I helped take care of him and worked on my Education Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership online through the University of North Alabama. In 2017, I interviewed with an amazing lady who said at the end of my interview that she was willing to take a chance with me as long as I was not going to quit due to the over 1 hour drive from Sylacauga each day. This teaching position has not only allowed me to teach and learn from some amazing kids (all of whom I call “my babies”), but also find an amazing family in the faculty and staff. Our math department is a true family and has been a blessing in my life as I have been navigating life without my father, who was my best friend. Teachers here at Millbrook Middle School truly care about not only the students, but also each other. Currently, I am in the process of restoring my 1837 house that I just purchased in Wetumpka to move my mother in with me - now that she has been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's (PSP - Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). I have two nephews that live with my brother and sister-in-law in Metairie, LA.