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
League members enjoyed Insight Theatre Company's production of Silent Sky
on Oct. 21. The inspirational drama by Lauren Gunderson spotlights astrophysicist Henrietta Leavitt who worked as a female computer at the Harvard Observatory and made a significant discovery about stars in the early 1900s. The audience cheered when her colleague Annie Cannon (played by Elizabeth Ann Townsend) appeared on stage as a suffragist wearing a Votes for Women sash. Artistic director Maggie Ryan, UMSL astrophysicist Dr. Erica Gibb and the fabulous cast answered questions after the show.
Thanks to all of our sponsors for their support!
Producers: Delmar Gardens Family, Agnes & Dave Garino, Joan Hubbard, Nancy & Bill Miller, Cynthia Mitchell, Irma Ruebling and K Wentzien
Directors: Kathy Brown, Anne Sappington and Sydell Shayer
Actors: Liz & Rick Aurbach, Julie Behrens, Lois Bliss, Mary Brown, Lori Calcaterra, Elaine Coe, Marjorie Courtney, Sue Dellbringge, Angie Dunlap, Naomi Edmonds, Kathleen Farrell & Julian Long, Susan Fluegel, Jeanne Morrel-Franklin, Eve & Jeff Golden, Pat Gray, Barbara Harris, Debby Howard, Andrea Jackson, Mary Karr, Danielle Kimbrel, Martha Ott, Susie Philpott, Pat Rich, Cathy Satkowski, Catherine Stenger, Peggy Vickroy, Louise Wilkerson and Iva Youkilis