Making Democracy Work

Fall Kickoff

The League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis holds three membership events annually: Kickoff, Holiday Luncheon, and the Annual Meeting. Find out more information here!

Fall Kickoff 2018

Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of the Jennings School District, gave an inspiring talk at the Sept. 12 Fall Kickoff. "If the electorate is not educated, there's no hope for democracy," he said. "We are all fighting a war against ignorance." Pictured here with Karen Francis, McCoy called voting the floor, "the least obligation you do to exercise your voice."

Dr. McCoy is a nationally-recognized educator. At age 19, he began his career as a math teacher in the Rockwood School District after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science, reportedly as the youngest certified teacher in the State of Missouri.

After obtaining a Master's Degree, he was appointed Vice-Principal in the City of St. Charles School District at 22. In 2002, after receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, he was named as Pattonville K-12 Gifted Director. In 2005, Dr. McCoy returned to Rockwood to become Executive Director of VICC and Student Services.

In December 2010, Dr. McCoy became the youngest and 1st African-American Superintendent/CEO of Ferguson-Florissant School District at age 33, after serving as Assistant Superintendent for 3 years prior, and a leader for Harvard's Pathways to Prosperity. In March 2016, he became Superintendent (Elect) in Jennings School District. Under his leadership, the 2017 graduating Jennings class achieved 100% graduation and career and college placement as featured on Fox 2 and CNN.

Dr. McCoy has authored many articles and two books. He founded SAGES, with the mission to "Sever the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students and Sever Attainment Gaps Existing in Society." He has raised more than $10 million to sustain and increase innovative initiatives for students. He has supported over 1 million students and 2,500 schools and colleges across America.

For a copy of the Kickoff flyer, click here