By Judith Roberts, publisher
All good things must come to an end, and for A.E. Phillips, last month they celebrated 22 years of having Randall Boyd as a music teacher.
Boyd, who taught kindergarten through eighth grade music, retired at the end of May.
“There were a lot of factors involved,” Boyd said. “There are things I want to do, like see (my son) Patrick and travel. I want to see some other experiences. I’m involved in church, and I’ll have more time to do the things life has to offer. Even though I still love working with the kids – 33 years is a long time.”
Before his tenure at A.E. Phillips — and at Tech, where Boyd taught music classes and elementary music methods — Boyd was employed with Monroe City Schools.
“I loved Monroe City so much,” he said. “I still will see (people) in Monroe sometimes who ask if I’m Mr. Boyd. That’s just really interesting, when these students I taught 30 years ago still know who I am and remember me and seeing them once a week. That makes you feel good, like you made a difference in the arts, and so many kids have made me feel like I made a difference.”
After Monroe City Schools, Boyd moved to A.E. Phillips, and he said the school was truly wonderful.
“I never looked at my job as I want to make these kids go into music as a career,” Boyd said. “That was never what it was about. It was having them come out being music lovers, have music be an important part of their life, either for leisure or if they did do it more seriously, that was awesome. I wasn’t excluding that, but I wanted them to love it and appreciate it and make it part of their life.”
For his retirement reception at A.E. Phillips, Boyd said it was like a reunion.
“It was so nice,” he said. “So many students from the past, the present – it was really nice. The school went to so much trouble. It was great. The junior high kids had done portraits of me, so that was neat, and seeing so many people either I hadn’t seen for a while was phenomenal. It could not have been nicer.”
For those who come after him, Boyd said to remember to love the students and remember to laugh.
“Keep a sense of humor,” he said. “That is the first foremost thing. You’ve got to realize, too – you’ve got to love the kids. I can say if nothing else, I truly did love the kids from the first day to the last day.”
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