By Michael Sudhalter
Sugar Land native Jackie Boyd always knew she wanted to work in the education field.
“I love everything about working in education,” Boyd said. “There is no better way to start you morning than by walking down a hallway of smiling children. As a child, I would sit in my bedroom teaching my sister (and all of my stuffed animals) how to read. My favorite thing about being a teacher is watching children get that “ah-ha moment.” That’s the best way I can describe it…the way a child’s little face lights up when they fully grasp a concept for the first time.”
Boyd, a 2002 Kempner High graduate, has worked in education for nearly a decade, but this is her first year working in Fort Bend ISD.
She’s the Assistant Principal at Colony Meadows Elementary School in Sugar Land.
Boyd began her career teaching Deaf Education at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin and went on to teach Special Education and Math in Alief ISD.
Last year, she made her administrative debut as the principal of Mission Bend Christian Academy.
Boyd enjoys teaching and administration equally.
“As a teacher, you are directly with the children every day, which is something I often miss,” Boyd said. “But at the same time, there is so much beauty in being able to make decisions that I would otherwise not have the power to make as an administrator. It is also great to have 800 kids, instead of the 30-60 I saw daily as a teacher. Working in education is amazing, in any capacity.”
Boyd, 32, graduated in the top 10 percent of her class of approximately 640 students at Kempner. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from the University of Texas and graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from UT and Educational Leadership from Lamar University.
Boyd said she enjoys the role of being an assistant principal and would like to earn a doctorate in education when her young children get a little older.
“I wouldn’t earn a doctorate to get a higher-paying position,” Boyd said. “I’d earn it because I love learning so much.”