After 20 years in DL, Boyd moving to Missouri
It is with extremely mixed emotions that longtime Detroit Lakes resident Terrie Boyd is contemplating her imminent move to Joplin, Mo., at the end of May.
Boyd, who has served on the Detroit Lakes School Board for the past 8½ years, and has successfully run her own childcare business, Terrie’s Tots, since November 1994, will be leaving both behind when she embarks on a new career adventure with her husband, Kerry.
“I’m done (with the childcare business) as of next Friday,” Boyd said earlier this week.
Her resignation from the school board, which was accepted at Monday’s regular board meeting, will take effect May 30.
Terrie’s husband, Kerry Boyd moved to Joplin back in January, when he accepted a new position as regional production manager with Cable One — currently the 13th largest cable television provider in the U.S.
“He’s got four different production teams under him,” Terrie said proudly of her husband’s latest career accomplishment.
Prior to that, he had served as a video production manager for the local cable access station, TV-3 — a position he had held for 13 years. He was also quite well known as a member of The Fat Cats, a popular local rock band — from which he officially split back in February, when he had his last performance with them.
The couple has resided in Detroit Lakes for 20 years, and while both of their children are now grown and living elsewhere, Terrie said that she will have “her kids” growing up and attending school in the Detroit Lakes district for many years to come.
She is referring to the hundreds of children who have attended her childcare program since 1994, and the foster children she has taken under her wing since becoming a licensed foster parent 10 years ago.
“I’m licensed for 12 kids, including school-age childcare, and I have always been full,” Boyd said of her childcare business.
While she does not plan on opening another daycare in Joplin, Boyd said she hopes to continue doing foster care.
“I’ve had 20 live-ins (as foster children),” she said. “Though I was never (licensed as) a permanent home, if I can give them a sense of stability, an opportunity to look back and say, ‘Someone cared,’ that’s huge.”
Boyd said it was a five-minute conversation with a middle school counselor during her teenage years that eventually fueled her own passion for children, and their education.
“That conversation is what I looked back on later and said, ‘If she could care about me, then I can care about me too,’” Boyd explained. “That conversation turned my life around… she cared enough to ask the tough questions.”
She said that her own career in childcare came about “by accident.”
“I wanted to be able to stay at home and raise my own kids my way,” she said. “So I started looking into it (childcare) and discovered I could maybe do OK with this.”
After going through the licensing process as a 24-hour childcare provider and taking on her first clients, “I absolutely fell in love with doing childcare,” Boyd said.
It’s a passion that has continued into the present day — but when asked why she has opted not to pursue opening another childcare facility in Joplin, Boyd became somewhat contemplative.
“I think it would be really difficult to be dropped into a new community and rebuild what I have here,” she said, “and I know I can positively affect children through doing something that might take a little less of a toll on me — childcare is hard work.”
Hard work might also describe Boyd’s 8½-year tenure on the school board, which she also described as being an “accidental” life change.
“People who know me, know I have a tendency to speak my mind,” she said. “There were some people at church who approached me and said, ‘You should run (for school board).’
Though she was reluctant at first, more and more people began to say the same thing, and eventually, Boyd came around.
“There were three open seats on the board, and I was the fifth person to sign up,” she said.
As the least well-known of the five candidates, Boyd thought her chances of winning were slim — but then two candidates dropped out before the election.
“There were three people running for three open seats — and I was one of them,” Boyd said.
Though she was initially unsure of her footing as a first-time elected official, “It has been one of my biggest blessings,” she added.
“To have an opportunity to affect the educational climate for our children, and the community as a whole — it has been wonderful. I’ve absolutely loved it.”
So much so, in fact, that Boyd successfully ran for a second term — and was contemplating a third when her husband was accepted to his new post with Cable One.
“God put me in a position that has brought me to life,” Boyd said. “This has been the most fulfilling job I ever had.”
She found herself fighting back tears during her final board meeting last Monday — and even jokingly voted “nay” when the motion was made to accept her resignation.
“It was my choice to stay behind and wrap things up here,” Boyd said, referring to her husband’s move to Joplin while she stayed in Detroit Lakes for the next five months. “I got involved in a lot of things that I had to get untangled from.”
Things like being the membership chair for the Minnesota Licensed Family Childcare Association, a position from which she resigned in February.
Though a new childcare facility isn’t in her future, Boyd said, “My plans are to do child advocacy. I have my membership certificates, so I hope there’s a way for me to get involved with human services, and maybe play the ‘super nanny’ — go into people’s houses and work with at-risk families, or childcare homes.
“We can all learn new things,” she said of her plans to shift careers.
At the same time, she said, “I’ve loved, loved, loved being here. When I moved here from Atlanta, Ga., I’d never lived anywhere for longer than two years.
“I started doing 24-hour childcare just to be busy, but I’ve learned to slow down, relax and enjoy being a part of a community. It’s been really awesome to raise a family here and get involved… I took my job and turned it into an absolute passion.
“It’s really hard for me to leave,” Boyd said, once again fighting back tears.
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