Educator Spotlight: Sebastian J. Payton

Name: Sebastian J Payton



School you teach at: Frank Borman Elementary

Grade/Subject you teach: Middle School Science

Age: 44

Married/Single: Single

Kids: 1

City you live in: Phoenix

Why did you become an educator?

I became an educator to help people become the best versions of themselves.

 What is the best part about your job?

The best part of being a teacher is being a part of the community; interacting with the students and their families.

What/who inspires and motivates you?

I have always been inspired by single mothers and the level of responsibility that they have in raising young men, in particular. 

What do you consider your biggest professional accomplishment?

My biggest professional accomplishment is my former students’ success. Those who have graduated college, started healthy families, become public servants and professional athletes.

 If I could have one superpower while teaching it would be…

the power to heal!

 When I’m not teaching, I am…

learning more and loving my daughter.

 My biggest dream for the youth of America is…

for them to dream big!

Fast Favorites

Book: The Book of Joy

Movie or TV Show: The Herd

Musician/Band: too many to name

Escape: movies

Guilty Pleasure: desserts

Time of Day: morning

Local restaurant: home-cooked food

Thing about Arizona: the weather

Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

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