Judy Boyd

Core Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
B.S. Child Development

Dr. Judy Boyd's formal training is in elementary education and educational leadership where she has served in various roles since she began her career in 1991. The roles include teacher, instructional literacy coach, school level administrator and director. As a classroom teacher Dr. Boyd achieved National Board Teacher status in 1999. As an instructional literacy coach she achieved Teacher of the Year for Bel-Aire Elmentary and Orange Grove Kiwanis. Numerous presentations at the school, district and state level. As a director, Dr. Boyd served as the Federal Programs Director, district test coordinator, ESL coordinator, professional development coordinator and gifted coordinator. As a director, Dr. Boyd presented several district and state level presentations. Also to include an International presentation at Fusion NWEA. Dr. Boyd also became involved with Mississippi Association of Federal Education Directors where she not only served as a member but also on the Board of Directors. She also became involved with National Association of Federal Program Administrators and National Title I Organization. Being involved in these many district level administrative positions taught her many aspects of the operations on the fourth largest district in the State of Mississippi. Upon retirement, Dr. Boyd moved in to higher education positions related to educational leadership and elementary education. At Walden University, she serves as a core faculty member in elementary education.

Courses Taught

EDUC 1004 - Child Development

EDUC 2400/6400 - Diverse Learners in Elementary Class

EDUC 2401/6401 - Diverse Learners in Elementary Class

EDUC 3050/6050 - Child Development, Motivation, & Learning

EDUC 3052/6052 - Effective Practices: Planning, Instruction and Assessment

EDUC 3055/6055 - Social Studies & the Arts

EDUC 3056/6056 - Integrating Content & Technology

EDUC 4020/6020 - Science K-6 Instruction & Assessment

EDUC 4030 - Demonstration Teaching

EDUC 6201/7201 - Communication & Collaboration for Leaders

EDUC 6202/7202 - Ensuring Quality Education for Students with Diverse Needs


BS, Delta State University

MEd, William Carey College, Gulf Coast Campus

Specialists in Education Leadership, The University of Southern Mississippi

PhD, The University of Southern Mississippi

Public Service

MS Federal Program Directors, Board Member - Jackson

Awards / Honors

Closing the Achievement Gap Award, MS Department of Education, 2006

Outstanding Educator, Orange Grove Rotary Club, 2005

Educator of the Month, Orange Grove Kiwanis Club, 2000


Boyd, J. A. (2011). Preparedness Levels of Teachers, Assistant Principals and Principals to Respond to Acts of Violence in a Mississippi School District.


Boyd, J. A., Arledge, H. A., King, M., Gill, R., Valles, B., Hansen, D., Nance, W. (2013). Annual Growth, Catch-up Growth, Accelerated Growth & NWEA Map Data. NWEA