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The student news site of Stockbridge High School


The student news site of Stockbridge High School


New beginnings and soundful endings

Stockbridge welcomes new 9th grade English teacher Cathy Payne to room 204
At the start of Mrs. Payne’s class she always meets her students with radiant vibes.
Evan Sandecki
At the start of Mrs. Payne’s class she always meets her students with radiant vibes.

Room 204 was once known as the calm, relaxing spot where previous teacher Jessica Martell taught English, TED Talks and Creative Writing to her students ranging from grades 9-12. Now that Martell is gone, Catherine Payne, one of our new staff members at Stockbridge High School, has acquired that same room with her distinctly enthusiastic and energetic vibes.

Senior Chloe Suter described her as “very upbeat and positive” and emphasized the value of having a positive outlook on life. “It makes the students more willing to learn and there’s a better outlook of their work and mentality towards school,” Suter said.

Working as a teacher for over 20 years, Payne has had a passion for instilling in her students the value of education.

“I remember being a Junior in my US History class. And I remember thinking students deserve a teacher who’s going to answer their questions and have some passion for teaching them the material.”

Payne graduated from Western Michigan University where she became dual certified in English and German. Her passion for German culture and language inspired her to teach and share it with her students. So much in fact, that during Payne’s junior year in college, she became a German exchange student.

“I love to travel. And every time I get the chance to travel, I do.”

Payne has traveled around the world to destinations including the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

“Every trip has been an adventure,” Payne said.

Outside of the classroom, Payne enjoys reading and spending time with her family, including her dog, Piper.

“She’s a whole ball of energy during the day, and at night she’s just a love bug.”

We are looking forward to seeing what amazing things Payne does while at Stockbridge High.

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Taiyler Stanfield joined Uncaged halfway through her junior year and is an Editor-in-Chief this year. When she’s not yelling at students to do their work or editing articles for hours at a time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family. After graduating, Taiyler plans to quit her full-time job Tokyo-drifting on the way to school to attend Eastern Michigan University, where she will pursue a degree in Young Adult Literature to become an editor for a publishing company. If all hope is lost, Taiyler will instead pursue screenwriting in hopes that one day she will make the big bucks and win an Oscar for the blood, sweat, and tears she shed. You will occasionally hear Taiyler desiring to have at least five cats, as she is dangerously obsessed with them. Because of this obsession, it is with 100% certainty that she will become the neighborhood's crazy cat lady.
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