Flora Payne, EVC’s CAL WORKS Counselor

By Jory Segal, AFT 6157 Adjunct Executive Board, Grievance Officer and Kinesiology Faculty

Flora Payne. Photo by Jory Segal.

I first met Flora Payne more than 15 years ago.

I had a wonderful time talking with her at lunch recently. She is an amazing, dedicated, and animated faculty member. We are so lucky to have her as one of our new full-time faculty members. Flora has been working in our District since 2009 as an adjunct faculty member. She was originally hired as the coordinator for the Affirm program and to teach classes. It was great to share some Union experiences with her.

Flora graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in political science in 2004. Before transferring to UCSB, Flora studied at EVC. She worked for a couple of years at Metro Ed as a teaching assistant in ESL. Counselor Harvey Gipson suggested that Flora return to school for her master’s degree in counseling. He thought Flora would make an excellent counselor. Flora liked Harvey’s recommendation and completed her master’s degree in 2008.

Upon graduation she landed a job, teaching at Disney World. Flora did not attend an interview when she applied, she was told she was auditioning for the very competitive position. Flora was part of the growth education series at Disney. She taught chemistry, animation, multi-cultural diversity, etc. to K-12 students. She spent a year in Florida and then returned to California and began working at EVC. Thank you for moving back, Flora.