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Meet Principal Payne
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I am honored to be the principal of Rooster Springs Elementary School.  The excitement for education and building young leaders is palpable throughout the school and I am thrilled to get the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful environment. Rooster Springs is a special place where the whole child is developed; focusing on a student’s individual talents, imagination, and leadership, as well as the curricular standards. Focusing on the whole child along with connecting the school and home is a critical part of my plan for moving Rooster Springs along the educational path of excellence.

 I live in the Dripping Springs area with my wife and two children. I have been a part of the Dripping Springs ISD community for the past four years serving as an assistant principal at Dripping Springs High School. Prior to my tenure at DSHS, I was an assistant principal at Canyon Ridge Middle School in Leander ISD. My teaching career was focused on teaching social studies at the middle school and high school levels in Lake Travis ISD and Austin ISD. Education is my second career following five successful years in the United States Army, which culminated with earning the rank of captain.

              Every day is a great day to be a part of DSISD and the Rooster Springs family! I am committed to serving our students and community in a cooperative and supporting way.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any suggestions, concerns, or questions. Thank you for your trust and support in helping us attain our vision to inspire and equip students to be life-long learners and positive contributors to the world.

Tom Payne











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