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Three inductees named for Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame

Three people have been selected for induction in the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame this year.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 23, 2012

Three leaders from across the state will be inducted this year into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.

The 2012 inductees are Freda D. Deskin, of Edmond, Roy Peters Jr., of Tulsa, and Bruce Petty, of Stillwater.

Officials announced the selections Friday. The Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame has 82 members who have been inducted since 1984. The newest members will be inducted Aug. 4 in a ceremony in Oklahoma City.

Deskin founded Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter School in 2000. ASTEC was the first public charter startup in Oklahoma. Deskin is its chief executive officer. She has worked in public schools and higher education throughout the state for more than 40 years, is published extensively and has presented more than a thousand teacher training workshops and seminars. She was a national Teacher-in-Space semifinalist in 1985. She founded the Oklahoma Odyssey of the Mind, the Oklahoma Aerospace Academy, the Team Quest Ropes and Leadership Course, and the International Aerospace Academy. She was nominated by Lou Kerr.

Peters worked as director and CEO of the state Department of Vocational and Technical Education and has been an educator for more than 35 years. He helped create the Oklahoma Workforce Development Compact with the chancellor of higher education and the director of commerce. He was elected national president of the Future Business Leaders of America while at Alex High School and president of the National Association of State Directors of Vocational-Technical Education in 1992. He recently retired as president and CEO of the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence, which he started in 1999. He was nominated by Tom Friedemann.

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