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 I am the School Counselor at Oconee Primary. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as my Master's and Sepcialist degrees in Professional School Counseling from the University of Georgia. I completed my Internship at Colham Ferry Elementary during the 2019-2020 school year, and this will be my first year at OCPS! My husband and I live in Athens with our sweet Goldendoodles, Henry and Lucy. We love Georgia football, playing tennis, 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!