Freda Deskin

Chief Executive Officer, Founder & Superintendent of Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter (ASTEC) Schools

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Freda Deskin is Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Superintendent of Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter (ASTEC) Schools in Oklahoma City. She is an award-winning educator who has taught at the pre-collegiate and the collegiate levels. Dr. Deskin taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Education and was the founding dean of STEM education at Oklahoma City University before founding ASTEC Charter School, an inner-city public school that serves a highly diverse student body in Oklahoma City where she currently serves as the superintendent.

Deskin earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma where she was recognized as a “Distinguished Scholar” and was selected as a “Distinguished Alumni” in 2016.  Freda earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where she was selected as a National Collegiate Scholastic All-American Scholar. She received OU’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.  Dr. Deskin holds a certificate in Strategic School Management from Harvard University, completed post-graduate work in International Finance at Oklahoma City University (OCU) and has more than 2500 clock hours in the aerospace sciences.

Dr. Deskin has been honored numerous times for her teaching, leadership and civic contributions. She is a graduate of Leadership Norman, Leadership Oklahoma City and is a lifetime member of Leadership Oklahoma. Freda holds membership in a number of educational organizations as well as Rotary International, the National “Women President’s Organization” (WPO) and the International Women’s Forum. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and has chaired the education committee for the Red Earth. She currently serves on the OU’s board of advisors for the department of Women and Gender Studies and is the education chair for the Annie Oakley Society of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center.