Ms. Byrd spent 20 years leading the Westlake counseling department and was the only counselor in Eanes ISD when she started in 1970. She started the Guidance Committee at WHS and served on several homecoming and graduation committees.
Her numerous awards include the American School Counselors Writing Award, the 1981 Outstanding Counselor of Texas, The 1983 Carl Brett Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Education by the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, and the 1989 Presidential Award for the Texas Association of Counseling and Development. The 71st Legislature of the State of Texas designated Toody Byrd as a State Treasure.
"We have lost a true Westlake icon in Toody Byrd," said Eanes ISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard. "Her impact on Westlake High School lives on and her legacy remains unmatched."
She was well-known for bringing energy and humor to her duties, and provided many a Westlake student plenty of good advice and direction. After retiring from the district, Ms. Byrd became popular on the speaking circuit, traveling to 35 states and all over the state of Texas sharing her wit and wisdom.
"Ms. Toody Byrd helped to create and define the Westlake High School culture. Toody challenged you to be the very best you could be as a student, teacher and parent with love and a unique, genuine nature," said Steve Ramsey, Westlake High School Principal. "She was special, for she made you feel valued no matter your circumstances. She will be deeply missed."
Services for Ms. Byrd are April 7 at 1pm at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, 7127 Bee Cave Road.
Link to Toody Byrd speaking at the Westlake High School 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2010.