New Corban education professor makes a difference for at-risk children

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

When it comes to helping kids learn, fostering self-esteem could be as critical as the ABCs and 1,2,3s.

Corban University’s new Professor of Education, Jesse Payne, knows this from years of working with at-risk kids and developing programs to help them learn.

“I spent five years working with at-risk youth in one-to-one play therapy programs at public elementary schools in order to foster their self-esteem and social skills,” he said. “This in turn resulted in improvements in their academics. I also worked as the director of education for Amen Clinics, Inc., where I was able to develop groundbreaking programs and materials that teach students about the importance of the brain, as well as its involvement in all aspects of life.”

Payne has published two books, one focused on younger learners and the other on high school-aged youth. “What I Learned From a Penguin: A Story on How to Help People Change” helps parents recognize positive behaviors more than the negative ones. “Making a Good Brain Great: High School Course” was created to help high school students learn about the human brain.

During the 2011/2012 school year, Payne will teach educational psychology, child and adolescent development, thesis writing and more within the School of Education. Additionally, he is writing his doctoral dissertation.

Payne can be reached at Corban University by calling 503-589-8106 or by e-mail at

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