Derek L. McCoy

Derek has over 20 years experience as a middle school principal, assistant principal and middle school math teacher.  He’s been very fortunate to have been part of difference-making teams and schools that have helped learners and teachers grow and achieve in rural, urban, low-income learning environments.

He embraces his mission to create learning environments that serve learners and help adults change practice and beliefs and skill sets to meet the needs of schools.  Being the difference for learners by being the leaders we need them to be is a passion point he brings to celebrate adn show how we all can be that Revolution@ry!


In 2014, Derek was recognized as a National Digital Principal of the Year. As an active PLN builder in NC, he was named 1 of 25 to Follow on #NCED. In 2018 he as asked to join a panel of experts to discuss with lawmakers the critical need to rethink middle school education.

The Revolution is Here!

The Revolution is a resource to help schools and educators shift to learner-centered practices. It has a message of change and real possibility for all K-12 educators and parents about what school can/should be for learners. Derek is the proud co-author and shares with others on how we can change schools. 
Order your copy of The Revolution here and listen to our podcast #revoltLAP – A Podcast in Black and White here!

3 responses to “Derek L. McCoy”

  1. Hello sir. I have been an Assistant Principal for a year and I recently started a new podcast that is devoted to dynamic educational leaders. This show is also dedicated to assisting new administrators with the transition to the principalship. I’ve read your blog post on this topic and I think you’d be a great asset to my podcast. Would you be interested in being a guest on my show? The podcast can be found at and I am MrJasonBodnar on Twitter. Thank you!

  2. Congrats! I have nominated your blog for a Leibster award. Visit my blog to see the award guidelines for accepting the award. Thanks for your work in contributing to our profession through sharing your thoughts, ideas and important information.

    Leah Ann Childers, Ohio, USA

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