Dr. Mary Payton is a science and STEM educator who has taught throughout the United States and internationally in the United Arab Emirates. She currently teaches HS Chemistry and has a background in Robotics and Engineering with Texas Wesleyan University. As an educator Dr. Payton utilizes technology in and outside of her classrooms to enhance the learning environment of science students. She entered into secondary education after a successful military career as a Chemical Officer. Dr. Payton retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and began her teaching career in Alabama at Jacksonville State University. She is a native Texan who has taught for Fort Worth and Dallas Independent School Districts, Texas A&M International University in Laredo and Texas Wesleyan University.