Story by Cristina Carreon
Photo by Lindsay Pace Daffron
Coke Magee is currently serving as assistant superintendent of education for the district. He will assume the role of superintendent of Lee County School District on November 1, 2019, after his predecessor Jimmy Weeks leaves the district.
Magee earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993 and earned his Master of Arts degree in education from the University of North Alabama in 2004. Magee has 24 years of experience in the education field, working in capacities such as teacher, coach and principal.
He started his education career in Tishomingo County where he worked for 12 years as a teacher and coach before moving to Lee County. Magee has worked in Lee County for 12 years, serving the past seven years as assistant superintendent of education for the district.
He has been both a baseball and football coach while teaching seventh- and eighth-grade history.
“I do miss the daily contact with the kids; that’s why teachers become teachers,” Magee said.
As a former teacher himself, Magee said he understands the challenges teachers face and hopes to provide sufficient support to educators under his leadership.
“I’m nervous, but I am excited,” Magee said.
Magee and his wife Stephanie reside in Guntown with their two sons, Tripp and Kyle.