Karen Boyd, born and raised in a town just north of Pittsburgh, has been proud to call Occoquan District her home for the past 19 years. Karen and Mark, her husband of 25 years, raised 2 sons in Prince William County. Their older son, Austin, attended Occoquan and Antietam Elementary Schools, and Lake Ridge Middle School. A 2014 Woodbridge High School graduate and a 2018 UVA graduate, he is now a Ph.D. fellow at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He and his fiancé, Katy, are planning an October, 2020, wedding. Their younger son, Parker, attended Occoquan, Antietam, and Leesylvania Elementary Schools before he passed away from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer, in 2008.


Karen, a graduate of Clarion University with a B.S. in Secondary Education and UVA with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, has been in the field of education for 22 years, serving in various roles in Fairfax County Public Schools, including high school English teacher, English Department Chair, Assessment Coach, and administrator in both middle and high school. She has been a Subschool Principal at Mt. Vernon High School for the past 6 years, where she oversees the Class of 2019 and has supervised the Security, Special Education, English, and ESOL Departments.


From her professional experiences, Karen brings to the School Board position an understanding of current practices in the schools, an understanding of the importance of using data to celebrate achievements and to make informed decisions that will support growth, and the realization that communication and collaboration are critical in creating trusting relationships between the school system and our community. Those who work with Karen have said, “Ms. Boyd leads with her example…[her] commitment to using data to improve student learning is visible and [produces] results,” “[Ms. Boyd] does exactly what she says she is going to do…[she] explains everything carefully, so you know exactly what’s expected,” and, “We have been enhanced as a department by the expertise and experience of Ms. Boyd.”



For Karen, being elected to the Prince William County School Board is not a stepping stone toward greater political aspirations; it is an opportunity for her to continue to serve her community while utilizing the knowledge and expertise she has acquired as a Mom and a resident of Prince William County, and in her 22 years as an educator. Karen believes that the community members of Occoquan District deserve to have a strong voice on the Board who will make decisions that are in the best interest of our children and our community.

A Voice For Our Children!

A Voice For Our Community!

Help Elect Karen on November 5th!