Boyd named Southampton’s Teacher of the Year

Published 8:33 am Wednesday, April 7, 2010

COURTLAND—When Riverdale Elementary teacher Janet Boyd retires in June, she’ll leave behind more than a career of 21 years.

Boyd will donate $350 in gift certificates for school supplies, which she received for being named Southampton County Public Schools and Riverdale Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.

“I’m going to let the principal decide what to do with them,” she said.

Boyd was among six educators nominated by their peers and named teacher of the year for their respective schools. Others were Stacey Rodgers at Nottoway Elementary, Catina Woodley at Capron Elementary, Linh Dinh at Southampton High, Scott Edwards at Southampton Middle and Amy Hinson at Meherrin Elementary.

From the six, a committee chose Boyd as the teacher of the year for the school district.

“I’m humbled,” she said. “I know every teacher deserves it. I don’t do anything above and beyond what everyone else does.”

All teachers of the year were recognized during a recent luncheon served by culinary arts students at Southampton High School. Boyd learned she was the school district’s teacher of the year during the luncheon.

All teachers received a red apple and $100 gift certificate for school supplies. Boyd also received a golden apple and an additional $250 gift certificate for school supplies.

A Franklin native, Boyd graduated from Franklin High School in 1970 and received a bachelor’s in elementary education from Christopher Newport University.

Boyd taught second and fourth grade during her 19 years at the former Hunterdale Elementary and has taught second grade at Riverdale for the past two years.

Boyd and her husband, Norwood, a stockbroker for Davenport & Co. in Franklin, are the parents of Graham, 31, of Washington, D.C., and David, 29, of Richmond. Janet Boyd also has a stepson, Bill, 42, of Williamsburg, and two step-grandchildren.