We gained two thoughtful leaders in recent months and are both honored and thrilled to announced the addition of Dr. Art McCoy and Dr. Shonda Ambers-Phillips the Aligned St. Louis Advisory Board.
All about Art and Shonda
Dr. Art McCoy is the superintendent of the Jennings School District. Under his leadership, multiple graduating classes have achieved 100% graduation and career and college placement. He also created two food hubs, two school-based health clinics, two homeless shelters, and an adult GED program for the community.
Before his tenure at Jennings, Dr. McCoy served as the Superintendent-in-Residence/Chief Academic Officer of the MIND Research Institute, superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, and was the executive director of the voluntary inter-district choice corporation and student services for the Rockwood School District.
Presently, Dr. McCoy as Saint Louis University's Distinguished Fellow for the School of Education and Geospatial Research. He leads the St. Louis Regional Business Council's STL Works Initiative, coordinates regional responses to the workforce crisis, and serves on numerous executive boards. He also holds the distinction of graduating Magna Cum Laude and, at age 19, was the youngest certified teacher in the state of Missouri, beginning his career as a math teacher in the Rockwood School District.
Dr. Shonda Ambers-Phillips is the executive director of equity, wellness and inclusion in the Office of Student Services in Kirkwood School District supporting professional school counselors, BJC-Behavioral Health school embedded counselors, nurses and social workers.
Shonda has served as an educator for the past 22 years as a high school social studies teacher, counselor, coach and administrator prior to moving to the district office. Shonda earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from Alabama A&M University, teaching certification from University of Missouri-St. Louis, a master's degree in school and professional counseling and educational administration and her doctorate in educational administration from Lindenwood University.
Shonda has served as an integral part of implementing district-wide frameworks to interrupt biases, address institutional racism, amplify student voices, apply restorative practices with student discipline, integrate trauma informed care and view all decisions through the lens of equity. Shonda serves as the Children's Division and Foster Care Liaison, Homeless Coordinator, State Safe at Home Application Assistant and handles residency, enrollment and student records. Her passion is advocating for underserved students, many of whom have experienced childhood trauma, the foster care system, or homelessness.
We are thrilled to have Art and Shonda on our team!