Biography for Dr. Essie McKoy
Award-Winning Educator/Speaker/Amazon Best Selling Author/Coach/Entrepreneur!

Dr. McKoy received her Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from Appalachian State University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education with certification in Learning Disabilities from Winston-Salem State University. She has additional areas of certification in Public School Administration/Principalship, Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English, and the Superintendency. Her dissertation topic, “A Study of Elementary Principals’ Perceptions of Accountability and Leadership in an Era of High Stakes Testing,” is a foundational part of her book, “The Heart of School Transformation: My Journey into Transforming Urban Schools.” She attended The Urban Superintendent’s Program at Howard University and The American Association of School Administrators and received the National Superintendent’s Certification.  

 In addition, she attended Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project Program and many other leadership programs throughout the nation, including the Wake Forest University Leadership Program for Public Engagement, The Distinguished Leadership Program and the Distinguished Leadership Program Digital Learning at North Carolina State University, The Principals’ Executive Program – Leadership Program for Assistant Principals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received the Program’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and she graduated from the Principals’ Executive Program – Leadership Program for New Principals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received the prestigious Jack McCall Award. Dr. McKoy also attended the Mastering Leadership Dynamics Program with the BB&T Institute, as well as three other programs at BB&T. In addition, she was accepted into The National Scholars Honor Society.  A highlight of her career is that in 2017, she was selected by Winston Salem State University as the Education Alumni Achiever Recipient.

Dr. McKoy began her teaching career at an alternative middle school and later taught a “regular” middle school. She has served as assistant principal at the elementary level before becoming the principal of two elementary schools. She worked as an instructor at the Math and Science Academy of Excellence at Winston-Salem State University and worked as an Adjunct Professor at NC A&T State University and ITT Technical Institute. Furthermore, she served as an Executive Director/Principal at the middle school level and has experience at the high school level. Her experience spans from pre-K through college and she uses her experience and knowledge to continue to make an impact in the field of education! Dr. McKoy was nominated for the AASA Women in School Leadership Award with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, she received the Educator of the Year Award and The Executive Citation of Anne Arundel County Maryland Award. Dr. McKoy has been featured in K.I.S.H., BSM, SwagHer, Glambitious, and UP WORDS (Edutopia) magazines. She has received many accolades and recognitions for her accomplishments throughout the span of her career. 

She is known as a transformational leader and has improved the academic performance and success indicators of all the schools she has led. She is most proud of the fact that both elementary schools became Piedmont Triad Signature Schools- the highest growth schools! Her mission is to continue to ignite a passion for others and to make a profound impact in the field of education!


She is the President and CEO of her own Educational Consulting Business, Dr. Essie Speaks, travels the nation to do speaking engagements, and is an Amazon 4X’s bestselling author. She has written extensively and continues to contribute to a wide variety of nationwide writing projects. She has written as an author, contributing author, and a foreword author. Her books are: The  Heart of School Transformation; My Journey into Transforming Urban Schools, Coaching Champions- How to understand the players before giving the plays; A Guide to Improvement and Success, Women of Virtue: Walking in Excellence, Leadership Tidbits, and The Grylfriend Code Sorority Edition, Vision and Purpose; Inspiring Our Community, and Women Who Lead; Extraordinary Women With Extraordinary Achievements – Featuring School Principals.


In addition, she continues to work in her area of expertise-school transformation for a local school district in the DMV and writes for Vision and Purpose Lifestyle Magazine! Furthermore, you will see Dr. McKoy once a month hosting about educational topics on the, “I Am Dr. Sharon Show,” at Urban Style Media. The segment is entitled, “Education First.” 
She invites you to visit her web site at www.dressiespeaks.com and keep abreast of updates on all social media outlets.

 

Achievements in School Transformation
Significant Achievements:

•    Designated as a Green Ribbon School, 2017
•    Received the Verizon Innovative Learning Grant, 2017
•    Implemented mentoring programs, 2016
•    Decreased discipline by 28%, 2016
•    Increased parental involvement and designed an Academy, 2016
•    Designed a Summer Learning Academy, 2016
•    Created partnerships with businesses and churches, 2016-2017
•    Received significant donations, 2016-2017

•    Recipient of a Future Ready Initiative/Grant, 2016
•    Designated as a Piedmont Triad Signature School, 2015
•    Elevated School Out of Low Performing Status, 2015
•    Exceeded Expected Growth and Highest GLP and CCR Proficiency                increase of all elementary schools in WSFC with a 58.5% increase, 2015
•    Achieved the status as one of the five and only 100% FRL elementary              schools in the county to exceed growth, 2015
•    Received the highest increase in science with a 41.1% increase, 2015
•    Received the highest increase in math with a 17.4% increase, 2015
•    Elevated letter grade to “D” (DPI) to C+ (WSFC Schools), 2015
•    Moved EVAAS index growth from (-3.32) in 2012 to (+2.24), 2015
•    Awarded several grants worth more than a half-million-dollar, 2014-2015

 

•    Recognized in ASCD and Center for American Progress            for Achieving Academic Success from 2008 to 2011, 2013
•    Received STAR 3 Bonuses for Academic Improvement,            2013
•    Implemented the STAR 3 Grant, 2011
•    Exceeded Expected Growth in Science – EVAAS, 2012
•    Received the MEAC Reading Contest Award, 2011-2012
•    Met Expected Growth for Five Consecutive Years from              2007-2011
•    Elevated the school out of Sanctions/School Improvement        Status with ABC Accountability Model, 2009
•    Received the NCPTA Ruby Acorn Award, 2011
•    Recipient of the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack              Program 2010 & 2011
•    Designated as a Piedmont Triad Education Consortium              Signature School 
•    Award (14 points Academic Gains)- more growth than any        other elementary school in the district, 2009
•    Designated as a Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC)        Reading Award School from 2008 to 2012
•    Recognized in the Teaching Tolerance Magazine in The            National Mix-it-Up Day Campaign, 2007
•    Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grant                Award, 2006
•    Received the National Association of Students Against              Violence Everywhere Award, 2005

 

•    Received $10,000.00 for The Second Harvest Food          Bank Backpack Program, 2015
•    Presented at The Collaborative Learning                            Conference, 2015
•    Received Significant improvements in all surveys              administered, 2015
•    Recognized as a Positive Behavior Intervention                Support Green Ribbon School by the Department of        Public Instruction, 2014 and 2015     
•    Budgeted for a 2.9-million-dollar grant to impact the        school from 2012 to 2014
•    Achieved Expected Growth, 2013 and 2014
•    Received school-wide SIG bonuses due to                        significant impact on student achievement in 2012
•    Received the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference                  Reading Award in 2012

 


•    Verizon Innovative Learning Grant Recipient
•    Green Ribbon School Designated
•    Mentoring Programs Created
•    Discipline Decreased
•    Parental Involvement Increased
•    Parent Academy Instituted 
•    Summer Learning Academy Designed
•    Businesses, Churches, Organizations, and Government,            Partnerships Formed
•    Significant Donations Provided
•    Ready Initiative Grant Recipient
•    Piedmont Triad Signature School Designation (Two                    Schools)
•    Elevated School Out of Low Performing Status
•    Exceeded Expected Growth and Highest GLP and CCR            Proficiency 
•    Achieved the status as one of the five and only 100% FRL        elementary schools to exceed growth
•    Received the highest increase in science with a 41.1%              increase
•    Received the highest increase in math with a 17.4%                  increase
•    Elevated letter grade to “D” (DPI) to C+ (District)
•    Moved EVAAS index growth from (-3.32) in 2012 to (+2.24)
•    Awarded several grants worth more than a half-million                dollar
•    Received $10,000.00 for The Second Harvest Food Bank          Backpack Program
•    Presented at The Collaborative Learning Conference
•    Recognized as a Positive Behavior Intervention Support            Green Ribbon School by the Department of Public                    Instruction  
•    Budgeted for a 2.9 million dollar grant 
•    Achieved Expected Growth Status
•    Received the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference Reading            Award
•    Recognized in ASCD and Center for American Progress            for Achieving 

 

Academic Success 


•    Implemented the STAR 3 Grant
•    Exceeded Expected Growth in Science –EVAAS
•    Received the MEAC Reading Contest Award
•    Met Expected Growth for Five Consecutive Years 
•    Elevated the school out of Sanctions/School                      Improvement Status with ABC Accountability Model
•    Received the NCPTA Ruby Acorn Award
•    Award (14 points Academic Gains)- more growth              than any other elementary school in the district
•    Designated as a Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference              (MEAC) Reading Award School 
•    Recognized in the Teaching Tolerance Magazine in            The National Mix-it-Up Day Campaign
•    Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grant          Award
•    Received the National Association of Students                    Against Violence Everywhere Award

 

 

 

 

 


 

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