National PTA board member and STEM Task Force chairman Dr. Calvin Mackie has been honored by the College Board with the 2015 Dr. Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award for his efforts in encouraging African-American students to strive for academic success. Dr. Mackie was presented with the award during the 2015 A Dream Deferred™ conference, which brought together educators and leaders from across the country to discuss solutions to improve educational opportunities for African-American students.
Dr. Mackie is an award-winning mentor, inventor, author and entrepreneur; an internationally-renowned speaker; and a former engineering professor. He has become an inspirational figure in education for African-Americans and a powerful voice for STEM.
Dr. Mackie founded STEM NOLA, a non-profit association dedicated to engaging, inspiring and exposing underserved communities to STEM. Since December 2013, STEM NOLA has engaged more than 2,400 K-12 students from more than 200 schools throughout New Orleans in hands-on, project-based activities.
Over the past decade, Dr. Mackie has spoken locally and nationally at K-12 schools, colleges and universities. He has inspired countless students to pursue STEM and succeed in education.
The College Board’s Model of Excellence Award honors the legacy of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, who exemplified commitment to African-American education through his work as a teacher, psychologist, historian and education consultant.
Being honored with the Model of Excellence Award underscores the difference Dr. Mackie is making in the lives of African-American students by helping them overcome adversity and become successful men and women. National PTA commends Dr. Mackie for his efforts, leadership and the well-deserved recognition.