Laurel High School says goodbye to retirees
On May 22, Laurel High School hosted a retirement reception for two teachers who left a lasting impact on those students who passed through their classroom doors. Virginia Bond and Anita Boyd were presented gifts, hugs and kind words on their last day as teachers at the high school
Virginia Bond began her teaching career at Jones Jr. High in 1971. After leaving for a short time, she returned in 1987 and taught English at Jones until 1998. Since that time, she has been teaching English at Laurel High School. While at LHS, she was a three-time recipient of the STAR Teacher award, and was recently named the Laurel High School 2007 Teacher of the Year. Bond has been in education over 26 years.
Anita Boyd has been employed with the Laurel School District since August of 1974. She began her career as an English teacher at Jones Jr. High, and then moved to Laurel High School in 1983. While at Laurel High School, she taught speech, drama and English. During this time she also served as forensics sponsor, newspaper sponsor and annual sponsor. She has received numerous awards including Triple Diamond National Forensic League honors and was coach of a national champion. She was named a 1985 Association for Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year, 2006 District Teacher of the Year, 2004 Mississippi Hall of Master Teacher finalist, 1997 and 2001 Mississippi Speech Teacher of the Year and 2002 Southeastern Speech Teacher of the Year. As the forensic coach at LHS, Boyd has had numerous students qualify for national tournaments. She has been in education for over 33 years.
Photo: Anita Boyd, Laurel High School Principal Carolyn Stone and Virginia Bond