Legal Secretary or Teacher: Question’s End


Mendy Boyd and first-grader Keenon Bennett, have a one-on-one reading lesson. Boyd teaches both reading and provides additional reading conferences to students, as well. “I love teaching kids,” Boyd, who now teaches full time in Groom, said. “I taught last year after school in Groom and really enjoyed the atmosphere here,” Boyd said.

Boyd chooses classroom work over courtroom prep;

Result: she teaches in Groom

It was between working as a legal secretary or as a teacher. Mendy Boyd wasn’t sure what to be.  Later, she decided she belonged in the classroom every day, rather than in a law office.

Boyd now teaches reading at Groom School both to whole groups and to individuals. She provides additional help for individuals in need of developing more of the essential components, such as phonics and comprehension skills, required for reading.  

“One of the hardest obstacles in life was getting my degree in college,” Boyd said. “However, when I was in college, I only thought I would teach high school.”

At Groom, she teaches fifth- and sixth-grade reading classes, in addition to helping others with more intense reading challenges, including dyslexia. The primary program she administers is the Texas Scottish Rite Dyslexia program. She has almost completed the 700-hours of training required by Scottish Rite to be a licensed therapist. 

“My son influenced me to become a teacher,” Boyd said.

For the last three years, she taught in White Deer, and she actually led after-school sessions in Groom, then, too.

“I love teaching kids,” she said.

Boyd went to school in Happy. That was when she first was torn between the legal profession or pursuing education.  

“I even worked with Whittenburg law firm for a while to see if that is what I wanted to do, but later changed my mind to become a teacher,” she said.

In pursuing her teaching certificate, Boyd went to Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University.

“She is really nice and makes up funny stuff to keep us quiet,” sixth-grader Camila Caro said. Boyd teaches Caro’s reading class.

Boyd works alongside many teachers in school, but she and special education instructor Aimee Fields collaborate to coordinate and target lessons to meet students’ needs.

“She is wonderful and easy to work with,” Fields said.