Kerry Boyd, Superintendent
Kerry Boyd is Superintendent of Yukon-Koyukuk School District (YKSD). YKSD is, geographically, one of the largest districts in the state. It covers 70,000 square miles and is roughly the size of the state of Washington. Mrs. Boyd began serving as the district’s superintendent on July 1, 2008 supporting over 1,600 students attending the district's 10 rural schools or the district's statewide correspondence school.An educator for 22 years, Mrs. Boyd started her career as a classroom teacher specializing in special education in Florida. Before becoming superintendent of YKSD, she served as the Director of Federal Programs for the district. Additional Alaskan experience includes her work as the coordinator for IDEA International DOD Homeschool program and as a special education teacher for Galena City School District's Interior Distance Education Alaska.
Some of Mrs. Boyd’s career highlights include leading YKSD out of the State’s intervention status after years of hard work and implementing a system of professional development for teachers focusing on RTI and instructional leadership. She worked diligently to ensure equity in education through the Moore Case settlement, a milestone in Alaska education, addressing Alaska's lowest-performing schools and most disadvantaged students.
Mrs. Boyd has lead her team to develop a strategic plan that is based on systemic improvements in student achievement while embracing the importance of cultural values. Through the use of technology, culture camps, and utilization of local Native speakers, Native Language and culture is taught daily to students K-12 grades in all ten rural schools.
By Mrs. Boyd’s administration, Pre-K programs have been developed and implemented at every YKSD school. She is currently piloting a high school diploma program through Raven School for former district students between the ages of 18-21 who have otherwise aged out of high school.