Please introduce yourself and brand to our readers:
Dr. McKoy is the President/CEO/Founder of her own Educational Consulting Company, Dr. Essie Speaks, LLC. She is a 4X’s best-selling author, Award-Winning educator, motivational speaker, coach, radio show host with thirty years of experience in public and higher education and a Professor at George Mason University! She acquired four degrees and has attended some of the most prestigious universities in the nation, including Harvard University! In addition, she possesses several licenses in NC and VA, qualifications, credentials, skills, and knowledge in the field of education and has received numerous awards for her work! Furthermore, she has appeared on many national and international radio shows.
Dr. McKoy has had the opportunity to function in a variety of educational settings where she created constructive changes and took on challenges to produce positive results. Her extensive experience has been noted in the following schools: working in highly impacted schools, Federal School Improvement Grant Schools, Priority schools, Elementary and Middle Schools of Transformation, and twenty years in public-school administration. She has been recognized for her ability to align strategic and comprehensive programs, partnerships, and initiatives to produce sustainable results, thus transforming schools impacting the whole culture! Her motto is, “whole child-whole educator-whole school impact. She believes education is HARD work, but also HEART work!”
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
I became interested in the field of education when I was a young child. I would watch my teachers teach during the day and go home after school and emulate them. I thought they were so professional, and I wanted to be just like them. So, becoming a teacher was a developmental process for me - I watched and I wanted to be what I saw, a teacher! That is why what we say and do is so powerful! You never know the impact of your words or actions. Kids are constantly watching and there are students who will say that they want to be just like you when they grow up. As I started serving and making an impact, I realized that I needed to make a bigger difference and went back to school to acquire the necessary credentials to become a school administrator. My journey continued, and I gravitated towards at-promise students. You see, I would have been considered an at-promise student.
A student who may have many factors impacting their ability to succeed, but I overcame the odds. From having served so many at-promise students, I know any child can do the same. We must provide the environment, support, love, and relevant education to truly make a difference in the lives of kids who need us the most. My passion came about from serving and truly being a servant leader. I have had so much success in serving students and transforming schools. Many times, other educators did not want to go into the schools that were challenging, but for me it was simply a “calling on my life” to turn the impossible into the possible. That is where my passion lies and where I get to let my leadership skills soar! Now, I have an opportunity to share and give back a portion of what I have learned and experienced so that I can make a profound impact and leave a legacy!
What advice would you share with a reader interested in the same work?
“Education is HARD work, but it is HEART work,” Go into the field of education to make a difference, to give back, and to help mold and shape the future of our world. Enter a noble profession where the rewards of serving are greater than the reward of getting. Allow your greatness to impact the lives of kids who need you! Heart, dedication, passion, and commitment are some of the gifts you can share in the field of education. Be an example of our future, allow your life to serve as a model for others, and set your eyes on the future by serving students and schools!
What is next for you in 2020?
The sky is truly the limits for me! I will continue the journey of serving and allow my service to lead me to the next place and space on my destiny. Currently, I am involved in some book collaboration projects and will continue to utilize my gift of writing to share about a myriad of topics, but mostly leadership. Also, I serve as a contributing author for Vision and Purpose Lifestyle Magazine and will share some fascinating information in the Author Speaks section. There will be opportunities for me to share as a speaker at upcoming speaking engagements and continue to provide services through my business, Dr. Essie Speaks. I highly encourage all readers to connect to me via social media to stay abreast of upcoming events and tune in each fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM EST on Urban Style Media to catch me on The I AM Dr. Sharon Show!
How can readers connect with you online?
Readers can connect with me via online through the following methods:
LinkedIn Dr. Essie McKoy
FB @ Author DrEssie McKoy
Instagram @emmckoy (personal)