Shirley Clair McCall was an educator with the District of Columbia Public Schools for forty-two years. She taught mathematics and computer science at the junior and senior high school levels, and served as a computer technology coordinator. She recently retired in June 2016 as the founding director of the nationally recognized Transportation STEM (TransSTEM) Academy at Cardozo Education Campus–a program established to impart the values of higher education, constructive employment and careers in the various modes of transportation.
TransSTEM (formerly TransTech) Academy was established in 1991 as the first transportation studies academy in the Washington Metropolitan area. The program is designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace. Mrs. McCall was with TransSTEM Academy since its inception. The Academy currently features three programs of study: computer science, engineering, and electro-mechanical technology training. It also the only high school in the metropolitan area with a FLEX-ACE lab. The FLEX-ACE Lab was established through a partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and includes state of the art computers, flight simulators and a miniature Air Traffic Control tower.