John Boyd, a veteran educator with almost three decades of experience as a teacher and leader in public education, was named the permanent superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools on February 14, 2023.
By a 5-0 margin, the EPS Board of Directors voted to move Boyd into the role permanently after he had served as interim superintendent since February 2022.
“I’m honored and humbled that the Board has entrusted me with leading this outstanding district,” Boyd said. “In my time in EPS, I’ve gotten to see how dedicated our staff is to making sure our students get the best education possible, and I’m eager to lend all the leadership and support I can for that to continue.”
Boyd, who is fluent in Spanish, started his career as a paraeducator, moved into teaching, then served as a principal and instructional leader before moving into a superintendent role. He has worked in large school districts, including Seattle, Edmonds and Highline.
Boyd earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, with a Business Emphasis, from the University of Montana; a Master of Education from Western Washington University; an Administrative Licensure from Heritage University; and a Superintendent Licensure from Washington State University.
At Montana, Boyd played four years of college basketball under famed coach Mike Montgomery. His teammates included Wayne Tinkle, the current coach at Oregon State, and Larry Krystkowiak, who played in the NBA and was the head coach at the University of Utah for 10 seasons.
Boyd believes in putting students at the forefront of everything the district does, and has committed to centering equity in all district matters. He believes his job as a leader is to build systems and programs that best serve students and to motivate and support his staff.
“As a Board, we believe Superintendent Boyd is the right person to lead this district going forward,” said Julie Bocanegra, Board president. “In multiple listening sessions, we heard from families and staff what they value in a leader, and we believe Superintendent Boyd’s qualities make him an ideal fit.”
Before joining Evergreen, Boyd was superintendent for the Quincy School District in central Washington for seven-plus years. Under his leadership, Quincy saw improved test scores and graduation rates, and he implemented culturally-appropriate supports for multilingual students and families, and oversaw a facilities bond and construction work.
Boyd has three grown children. John’s wife, Anne Stewart, is a longtime public educator. They are both avid hikers who have enjoyed getting to know Vancouver and its surrounding area.
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Sit Down with the Supt
February 15, 2023
Superintendent Boyd shares his vision for the district after being named the permanent superintendent, and Board president Julie Bocanegra discusses the selection process. We also learn about a program that helps students become teachers and the new EPS MVP award.
September 13, 2022
Superintendent Boyd shares his reflections on the start of the school year and how he kept a personal tradition alive by riding a school bus with students. He also speaks about the latest COVID-19 updates, breaks down the district's work to improve academic success, introduces Deputy Superintendent Charlene Williams and kicks off the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.
June 15, 2022
We celebrate our recent graduates and Superintendent Boyd talks about what he feels are the district's biggest challenges and the strategies he is putting in place to improve every student's school experience. He also discusses how the recent passing of the levy will positively impact our district over the next three years. We will also share Mill Plain Elementary School's groundbreaking ceremony.
April 14, 2022
Superintendent Boyd discusses our upcoming Replacement Levy and the important student programs funded with levy dollars. John also takes student questions and gives an update on the end of school mask mandates.
January 12, 2022
Introducing Evergreen Public Schools' new Superintendent, John Boyd, who talks about his path to Evergreen and his vision for student success. Also, he takes questions in our new "Student Q & A" segment.
Riding the Bus
Superintendent Boyd has a tradition - he rides the bus with students on the first day of school. To start the 2022-23 school year, he rode the bus with students heading to Hearthwood Elementary School.
A Bubble Goodbye
Superintendent Boyd joins the fun as students and staff at Harmony and Burton elementary schools ended the last day of the school year with a parade of bubbles.
Milestone Day in Pandemic
On the first day that masks became optional since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Boyd visits Cascade Middle School.