Phone: 706.769.7941 ext 1044


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. in Psychology from UGA M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling from UGA Ed.S. in Professional School Counseling from UGA

Leia Payne

My name is Leia Payne, and this will be my second year as the School Counselor at Oconee Primary. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as my M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Professional School Counseling from the University of Georgia. My husband and I live in Athens with our sweet Goldendoodles, Henry and Lucy. I love spending time in my garden, reading, and going on trips!


I am looking forward to working with the students at OCPS in order to help them develop their socioemotional, academic, and career skills. I teach classroom lessons each month and facilitate small groups with students of similar interest and needs. I am always available to meet with parents, teachers, and students, no matter the need! I feel so blessed to be a part of the OCPS family and look forward to what the new year brings!