Dr. Mary Payton is a retired Army Chemical Officer and STEM Educator. She has taught throughout the United States and internationally in South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. She is also the author of Taylor’s STEM Adventures, a children’s book series focused on the STEM travels of a military child. She holds a BA in Biology/PE from the UTA, an M.Ed. from Texas Christian University, a Masters of Curriculum & Instruction from the UTA and a Doctorate of Education from Nova SE University. Dr. Mary Payton is a native Texan who has returned to spend time with her sons Taylor and Aaron.