Yolanda Denise Payne is currently a research associate with the Constellations Center at Georgia Tech. With 20 plus years of classroom experience in the grades k-8, Payne has held positions as both a classroom teacher and media specialist around the SouthEastern United States. She also has served as an adjunct professor in Computing and Reading. Payne holds a BS in elementary education from Mississippi University for Women, an MS in Instructional Technology from Mississippi State University, an EdS in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Florida and an EdS in Education from the University of Georgia.