Mr. Boyer earned a B.A. in English from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and an M.A. in Communication Studies from Arizona State University. In addition, he is a Quintilian Fellow in classical education through the University of Dallas.
Mr. Boyer serves as a state representative in legislative district 20, where he is Chairman of the House Education Committee, and as a member of the House Rules, House Judiciary, and Public Safety Committees.
He has taught at the University of Phoenix and at Veritas Preparatory Academy, one of our sister Great Hearts Academies. Mr. Boyer will teach Humane Letters in the coming school year, which will be his fifth year teaching for Great Hearts.
Our students prepared a few questions for Mr. Boyer:
When did you decide to become a teacher and why?
I had to step down from my job at Mesa Public Schools because the Arizona Constitution prohibits a state legislator from having a state, county, or city job with one exception--teaching. At the time, I needed the work, so a friend told me about Great Hearts. I'm so grateful for all of this, as it's become the best job I've ever had. Teaching at Great Hearts has made me a better, more effective legislator, and an even better husband to my wife Beth.
How did you deal with stress when you were in school?
Sports--I played football, basketball, baseball, wrestled, ran track & field, and took gymnastics as a class. We moved a lot, so I just played whatever sport I could at the new school. So now I tend to do push-ups or walk on my hands between grading essays or writing evals.
What are your favorite books in our curriculum?
It's a tough call between Dante's Divine Comedy (Paradise and Purgatory in particular) and the Republic. Then there's Augustine's Confessions. Henry V. A Tale of Two Cities. And then Vergil's Aeneid. And then . . .
If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?
Cicero--I'd love to ask him why he valued public service so highly, what motivated him to remain in public service (I think he'd say duty but I'd want to know why) and if would've done anything differently before his death.
Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Mr. Boyer!