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Director, Stanford Learning Lab

Kathryn Payne-Gray

With the passionate commitment in supporting student learning diversity that spans over 25 years, Kathryn Payne-Gray (she/her) currently serves as the Director of the Stanford Learning Lab. Kathryn works to promote awareness of learning variability through a strengths-based approach and encourages students’ self-awareness of their unique profiles. She is an enthusiastic advocate of Universal Design for Learning and is eager to evangelize its mission at Stanford and beyond.

Prior to joining  the Stanford Learning Lab and as the former Director of the Schwab Learning Center, Kathryn served for nine years as the Director of Academic Support for the Menlo School in Atherton, California where she implemented UDL curricula to staff, hosted workshops for parents and students and oversaw accommodations through the College Board and ACT. Prior to Menlo, she held a comparable position at the Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay, CA.

Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College and Masters’ Degrees in Educational Administration and Special Education from Santa Clara University. She and her husband Ed are animal loving empty-nesters living in Half Moon Bay, and Kathryn is thrilled to be part of the Stanford community.



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