Freda Deskin

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Nominated By: Bill White

Dr. Freda Deskin is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the award-winning Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter (ASTEC) Schools in Oklahoma City. ASTEC was the first start-up charter school in the state and serves nearly 1,000 inner-city students in grades 6-12. Dr. Deskin has long been an innovator in education, impacting hundreds of thousands of learners. She established the “Oklahoma Odyssey of the Mind,” the Oklahoma and International Aerospace Academies, “Team Quest” ropes and leadership programs at both OU and OCU, and co-founded For Youth Initiatives (FYI), a high school dropout awareness and prevention program.

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