Dr. Sandra McCalla earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Northwestern State in 1960. She earned a master’s in instruction and curriculum and mathematics with computer science in 1968 and Ed.D. in education leadership at Texas A & M University in 1987. She was a teacher and principal in Caddo Parish for 28 years before joining the faculty at Northwestern State as a professor and director of the Division of Education. She returned to Caddo Parish as principal and has served as principal at Captain Shreve High School since 1994. She also works as an adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

The honoree said accepting the Blue Ribbon School award on behalf of Captain Shreve High School from the President of the United States at the White House was among her most memorable experiences in education. McCalla has earned several honors during her career, including Caddo Parish Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year, Louisiana High School Principal of the Year, Louisiana Principal of the Year, Louisiana Student Councils, and the National PTA Life Service Award. McCalla has been selected to numerous leadership activities, authored several publications on student leadership and made numerous presentations on education leadership.