David Boyd (b. 1951) and raised in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, he received his Honours B.A. in English (1974) from Mt. Allison University. Upon graduation, he joined Appleby College as a teacher of English in the Junior School and was a faculty member from 1974 to 2008. During his tenure, David taught English at every level and was instrumental in introducing and molding the writer’s craft and media arts courses for senior students. He wrote and directed numerous plays for the Junior School, including two three-act musicals, Tom Brown’s Schoolday, the Musical (1991), and Mice in the Cellar (1992), as well as Macbeth, A Multimedia Event (1995) and Caesar, A Multimedia Event (2005). He created the Black Magic Mime Troupe composed of students from grades 6 to 8 who performed throughout Ontario. He established and supervised the long-running student newspaper Re•Source and designed Appleby’s first website.
Away from teaching, David coached hockey, softball, cricket, soccer, and basketball. He has served as assistant housemaster of Junior School House, and later as Housemaster of Chattaway’s from 1974 to 1988 and was assistant house director of Powell’s House from 2001-2008. In 1999, he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. David founded TEACH-IT, an international education technology team that instructs educators on integrating technology into the curriculum. He was the former Chairman of the Read In Foundation Inc., an international organization that promotes literacy through telecommunications. David introduced Read In! events at Appleby where students had the opportunity to discuss books, speak to authors over the Internet prior to introducing the school’s laptop program. As a forward thinker and technological innovator, David assisted with the transition to e.school@appleby program.
Outside of Appleby, David has authored more than 20 books for children and young adults. His novel Bottom Drawer (1996) was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Text.