Dodge City teacher named KAIRS
Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Virginia Boyd, a kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, was awarded the KAIRS Distinguished Teacher Award at a special ceremony Feb. 9 in Topeka.
Each year, the Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools presents the award to honor a teacher who exemplifies the positive characteristics of someone whose job it is to provide academic, emotional, and in the case of a Catholic school teacher, faith formation, for children.
Sacred Heart Principal Laura Mead, who nominated Boyd for the award, placed in her nomination letter 26 specific attributes, each sentence beginning with a different letter of the alphabet:
“A -- A + dedication to students of all backgrounds and abilities.”
“B -- Beautiful spirit that never gets frustrated and continues to give….”
Under “S,” Mead wrote of Boyd, “School is a wonderful place thanks to Mrs. Boyd.”
“The best thing is to be able to bring Jesus into their every day lives,” Boyd said from her classroom. “We can ask them, ‘What would Jesus think of that?’ We try to bring religion into every lesson.”
Boyd knows the halls of Sacred Heart well; as a little girl, she walked the same halls and sat in the same classrooms as the students she now teaches. She later attended St. Mary of the Plains College, after which she returned to Sacred Heart where she served first as a student teacher and then a teacher. She later left to teach at Spearville Elementary, Quinter Elementary in Quinter, and at a pre-school in Kinsley, before returning to Sacred Heart, where she has remained.
When asked if she had a role model while growing up, she replied without hesitation, “Sister Regina. She taught here. She was just one of those kinds of people who inspired you from the day she walked into the room until the day I walked out.”
Ann Depperschmidt, superintendent of schools, introduced Boyd at the award ceremony. “She’s an extremely dedicated teacher and delights with those primary aged children,” Deppershmidt told the SKR. “She’s just one of those people who always has a smile on her face, whether working with the staff or the kids. The children in her class truly know they are loved by the way she reacts to them.”
“She said too many nice things about me,” Boyd said of her introduction by Depperschmidt at the ceremony. “I was very thrilled and surprised and honored by all the wonderful comments that were made.”
Boyd wished to acknowledge Bonnie Schuette who was with her when she received the award, for making the arrangements for the trip to Topeka.
Boyd, who resides in Offerle, is married to Duane. The couple has one adult son, Ryan, who is married to Ashley and lives in Olathe.