Dr. Boyd is a native of Honduras and a citizen of the United States. She holds a B. A. in Educational Administration from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, a M.Ed. in educational supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Ph D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University. In Honduras she worked as an elementary school teacher and as principal of a bilingual school. She also worked as coordinator of a master’s degree in curriculum for the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and as a consultant for the Universidad nacional Autonoma de Honduras.
In the United States she worked in Louisiana as a high school teacher, as state ESL/Bilingual education director, as professional developer, coordinator, instructor, director and grant manager of programs related to teacher preparation in ESL, bilingual education and alternative certification. At the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, she worked as a program specialist providing technical assistance in five states, AL, AR, LA, GA, and MS and as an independent consultant and evaluator on issues related to Hispanic students, their families and English language learners in general. She also worked at Southeastern Louisiana University as director of federal grants for the preparation of ESL teachers and as coordinator of FIE and FIPSE grants for the preparation of alternative certification teachers. She is the past president and current SIG Chair of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and the director of the Bilingual/ESL teacher certification programs at the University of North Texas in Denton. In the fall of 2012 Dr. Boyd won the Outstanding Online Teaching and Course Award at UNT.