Eloise McCoy-Cain, Ed.D.

Eloise McCoy-Cain

Title: Educator
Location: Lauderhill, Florida, United States

Eloise McCoy-Cain, EdD, retired educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching, curriculum development, and academic administration.

Dr. McCoy-Cain is a retired educator and academic administrator with a career spanning more than four decades in public schools and as a professor of education. After briefly attempting nursing school, Dr. McCoy-Cain was inspired by her grandmother to pursue a career in teaching. She attended Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, earning an Associate of Arts in 1958 and a Bachelor of Science in special education in 1960. Dr. McCoy-Cain pursued postgraduate study throughout her career, and was awarded a Master of Education in 1973 by Florida Atlantic University and a Doctor of Education in early childhood education and administration at Nova Southeastern University in 1980. 

She began teaching for Miami-Dade Public Schools in 1960, and spent the next five years with Broward County Public Schools before accepting a faculty position at Nova Southeastern University in 1965. Dr. McCoy-Cain would remain with Nova Southeastern University until her retirement in 2001. Her work included mentoring new teachers and other faculty, as well as leading job placement and life skills programs for people experiencing homelessness in the community. Previously, Dr. McCoy-Cain had been an adjunct professor of early childhood education and special education, and served as the assistant director, cultural arts program coordinator, and K-5 learning resource program coordinator for the University Lower School Center.

Dr. McCoy-Cain has appeared in numerous video workshops, taught educator seminars, and is the author of “A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Learning Disabilities” and “Spotlight on Cultural Arts.” She was the first female president of the Broward County Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and remains active in the community as a board member of Habitat for Humanity Broward, and the Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center and chair of the Personal Touch Ministry at First Baptist Church Piney Grove. In recognition of her work for her students and community, Dr. McCoy-Cain has been inducted into the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame and the Broward County Seniors Hall of Fame and presented with honors including a 2018 Living Legends Award and President Barack Obama’s President’s Volunteer Service Award.


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