Choctaw-Nicoma Park School District
Leadership Category Finalist
With an illustrious 27-year career in public education, Debra has navigated diverse roles – including high school math teacher, math department chair, district math specialist, high school assistant principal, and virtual school director. Rooted in Choctaw, she now serves as the District Director of STEM Education. Currently finalizing her doctoral dissertation in educational leadership at the University of Oklahoma, her dedication to student growth and learning is apparent. Her innovation-driven philosophy is evident through the expansion of STEM opportunities for all students. Embracing a holistic approach, Debra has orchestrated a symphony of engagement experiences through summer camps, after-school activities, family nights, and enriched STEM coursework. This multifaceted approach bolsters students’ capacity to become problem-solvers, deep thinkers, and innovative creators.
At the core of Debra’s philosophy is the belief that sparking an interest in STEM education is the first step toward nurturing future scholars. By creating an environment that seamlessly blends self-discovery, exploration, and tailored learning experiences, she fuels the flames of curiosity within each student. Her relentless pursuit of this goal is underscored by her leadership in hosting transformative events like a family STEM event that served more than 400 students and families across the district.
Debra’s dedication to fostering excellence, inspiring innovation, and instilling a lifelong love for learning reflects her enduring educational legacy. Through her leadership, empowerment, and unwavering commitment, she continues to meet students where they are and move them to want to know more.