Teacher in Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Freda Deskin is the founder the Oklahoma Odyssey of the Mind, the OU and OCU Ropes Leadership courses and is the co-founder of FYI, a dropout awareness program. Dr. Freda Deskin has assessed standards for other states, served as a reviewer of state and federal grants and has developed curriculum, guides and books for national organizations such as the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, NASA, the American Institute of Architects, Disney’s EPCOT Center and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), among others. In addition, Dr. Freda Deskin has trained teachers in almost every state. She has been featured in a number of national publications including Education Week; she has also appeared in various educational videos. Dr. Freda Deskin has been honored numerous times at every level for her teaching, leadership and civic contributions by more organizations than can be mentioned. She is a graduate of Leadership Norman, Leadership Oklahoma City and is a lifetime member of Leadership Oklahoma where her classmates selected her as Class Ambassador. Dr. Freda Deskin holds membership in a number of organizations, including the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Rotary International, National “Women President’s Organization” (WPO) and the International Women’s Forum. Dr. Freda Deskin has served on a number of non-profit boards, has chaired the education committee for the Red Earth and is currently the education chair for the Annie Oakley Society of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center. Dr. Freda Deskin was selected three times for The Journal Record, “50 Making A Difference” award which placed her in their “Circle of Excellence.” She received the Marita Hynes Award for her contributions to young women in sports, the “By-liner Award” from Women in Communications, “Women in the News” award by the Oklahoma City Hospitality Association was named “Woman of the Year” by the Girl Scouts. A true champion for children, Dr. Deskin was a runner up in 2012 for the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education and is a member of the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.