Patricia Byrd’s husband is in remission, but her love of kids has kept her teaching
CEDAR HILL, Texas — When Patricia Byrd retired five years ago, she says it gave her plenty of time to play in the dirt.
Although, when she plays, she’s not playing.
“If I have a job digging a ditch, I promise you I will dig a ditch better than any ditch you have ever seen,” she said.
That work ethic led Byrd from a seven-year teaching career to a job as the first African American principal at Bray Elementary in Cedar Hill. She eventually became a superintendent outside the district.
In all, she dedicated more than 30 years to education before retiring in 2016.
She planned to spend retirement traveling with her husband until her husband, Lawrence, was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of prostate cancer.
“I had to choose, will my husband live or will my husband die?” Byrd …