Payton Augustino joined Read Better Be Better at the beginning of 2017 as a Site Leader in Avondale and became a District Lead in August of 2017. She graduated from Grand Canyon University in December of 2017 with a degree in English for Secondary Education with her teaching and TESOL certifications.

Since graduation, Payton continues to work at RBBB because of her passion to inspire students through education. Since moving to Arizona in 2014, Arizona students and the Read Better Be Better program have become Payton’s main focus. She earned the Out-of-School-Time Award of Excellence seal from the Arizona Center for After-school Excellence in 2018 and continues to work to give opportunities to under-resourced students in Arizona through being a District Leader with RBBB. She has worked with and managed Washington School District as well as Osborn, Phoenix, Tolleson, Union School Districts, as well as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

Payton is from Eugene, Oregon, and lived in Indiana, California, before settling in Phoenix, Arizona, after attending school there. She married in 2018. When she is not working for RBBB she is probably traveling, at the beach, or at Disneyland with friends. Family is hugely important to her which is one reason she wants to support students in Arizona and beyond to be able to earn an education so they can support families of their own!

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