Robbie McHardy

About Robbie

Dr. Robbie McHardy is the Director of the Academic Studio at NOCCA. 

Robbie is a native of New Orleans who has been involved in education since 1974, when she began teaching first and second grades in the New Orleans Parish Public Schools. Dr. McHardy earned an undergraduate teaching degree from LSU, a master’s degree in Special Education from UNO, and three degrees from Columbia University: master’s degrees in Gifted Education and in the Philosophy of Education, as well as a Ph.D. in Education of the Gifted and Talented (1982).

Upon returning to Louisiana, Dr. McHardy served for three years as Supervisor for Gifted and Talented Programs in the state Department of Education. During that time, she was on the Board of Advisors for the establishment of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. In 1984, she joined the College of Education faculty at Louisiana State University and taught there for 26 years.

Dr. McHardy has been involved in education reform at the national level since 1983, when she testified before the U.S. commission that produced the landmark report, “A Nation at Risk.” She has published numerous articles in education journals and has shared her expertise on national television talk shows. She has done consulting work in Australia, the Philippines, and throughout the United States, and helped open a school in Mbengwa, Cameroon.