Bonnah Boyd was named as the 2009 recipient of the Tiger’s Eye Award May 5. Superintendent Wayne Rotan presented the retired junior high teacher with a certificate announcing her special status and just like the 1980s Survivor song, Eye of the Tiger, Boyd held on to her passion and her dreams.
Boyd doesn’t know who nominated her, but was touched by the award.
“I was completely surprised,” Boyd said. “I consider it an honor. I’m among a few, very elite.”
Boyd graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1954 and was an active student. Rotan said she was the coeditor of the Tiger annual staff and was a band and orchestra member. She was also athletic, participating in basketball and cheerleading. She was in FHA and was voted the FFA sweetheart.
After college, Boyd taught school for 17 years, including 11 years as a seventh grade math teacher at the Glen Rose Junior High. Even in retirement, Rotan said Boyd continued her service to area students.
Boyd has volunteered as a UIL judge, plays piano at baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies, and does landscaping at the junior high. She even served on the Tiger’s Eye Award committee several years ago.
“I was on one of the first committee’s when they started doing this,” Boyd said.
Boyd is also an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she plays the organ, directs the bell choir and works as a librarian.
Rotan said Boyd was an outstanding example as a former GRHS student. As this year’s recipient, Boyd will participate in commencement exercises in June where she will be presented with a custom tiger’s eye ring designed by Jess Hardie. Her name will be added to a large plaque on display in the GRISD Auditorium.