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Dr. McKoy

Philo-Hill Magnet Academy Principal, Dr. Essie Mckoy



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 attended The Urban Superintendents Program at Howard University and The Superintendent’s Association and received the National Superintendent’s Certification. During the summer of 2016, she participated in Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project.

She has additional areas of certification in Public School Administration, and as Curriculum Instructional Specialist with a concentration in English. Recently, she completed the Mastering Leadership Dynamics Program with the BB&T Institute and the Distinguished Leadership Program sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction, as well as the Distinguished Leadership Program Digital Learning with The DPI.


She graduated from 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 and received the prestigious Jack McCall Award. In addition, she was accepted into The National Scholars Honor Society.


Dr. McKoy began her teaching career at the former Petree Optional Middle School and later taught at Hanes-Middle School. She has served as assistant principal at Mineral Springs Elementary before becoming the principal of Hall-Woodward Elementary. 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 the Principal at Petree Elementary School before becoming the Executive Director of Philo-Hill Magnet Academy. She was recently nominated for the AASA Women in School Leadership Award with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Dr. McKoy has received many accolades for her accomplishments. She is a transformational leader and has improved the academic performance of all the schools she has led. She is most proud of the impact she has made and the fact that both schools became a Piedmont Triad Signature School! Her passion is serving students who need the most and helping them to create dreams about their future!

Last Modified on September 6, 2016