Ben Mackey, Dallas ISD School Board Trustee for District 7

  • July 17, 2019
  • 12:00 PM
  • Weiss Auditorium, Methodist Hospital Dallas, Education Building

Ben Mackey served as the principal of Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) from 2013 to 2019. Over these past six years, TAG has been named as the #1 high school in the nation four times by U.S. News and World Report. During Ben’s tenure, TAG has revamped its application process with a focus on equity and access, resulting in TAG becoming federally recognized as a Title 1 school for the first time. During this same time frame, academic achievement at TAG has soared with the school reaching all-time highs in SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement (AP) achievement, proving what is possible for students regardless of the background that they come from.

Ben earned his master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University and his bachelor’s degrees in finance and history from the University of Florida. Prior to taking over as principal of TAG, Ben entered education through Teach from America and taught math at West Bolivar High School in Rosedale, Mississippi. During his time at West Bolivar as the math department chair, Ben founded the first AP Calculus program in district history and was named Teacher of the Year by both the county Chamber of Commerce and West Bolivar High School in 2011-12. He has continued to stay involved in Rosedale, serving as the founding board president for the Rosedale Freedom Project, which provides afterschool and summer programming for students in Rosedale and the surrounding area focused on academics, arts, social justice, and self-empowerment.

As principal of TAG, was recognized as a ‘Master Principal’ by Dallas ISD in 2018 and was a finalist for Dallas ISD’s Principal of the Year award in 2016. Also in 2016, Ben was named as one of Dallas Business Journal’s  ‘40 Under 40,’ a list of rising young leaders in Dallas, and was part of the Mayor’s Star Council in 2018.

Currently, Ben serves as the Chief of Research, Evaluation, and Design in DeSoto ISD.

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