In 1996, he became the youngest certified teacher in Missouri teaching mathematics in the Rockwood School District at age 19. He became a Grade Level Principal in 1999, District K-12 Gifted Director in 2002, and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UM-St. Louis) as well as guest lecturer and speaker at the College of William and Mary, Lindenwood, Maryville, and St. Louis Community College from 2003 to date. In 2005, Dr. McCoy became the Executive Director of VICC and Student Services for Rockwood and created scores of programs and added new procedures for greater student support, access, and achievement. In 2008, he became Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, was later named the youngest and, also, the first African-American Superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District in December 2010 at 33. Dr. McCoy led the district to earn much recognition including the Urban Overachiever Award for outstanding graduation rates. Dr. McCoy was a state and national leader for Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity Initiative developing college and career pathways for students (grades 7-14). In 2014, he served as an education adviser to the Missouri House and Senate and helped write state laws for education equity. He is the founder and president of SAGES Consulting LLC and SAGES Academy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, as well as Superintendent-in-Residence of MIND Research Institute and Base 11, where his emphasis is on creating STEM workforce development programs for students and serving on Base 11’s national advisory board.
Dr. McCoy earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in education leadership and policy studies and Masters in Education Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Harris-Stowe State University. He is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents post-graduate program.