There are now three new members of the Gene and Evelyn Keefer Educator’s Hall of Fame at East Central University.
Dr. Pam Deering, Dr. Tim Green (posthumously) and Jackie ‘Tex’ Rollins were formally enshrined in a ceremony held July 9 inside the Danley Hall Atrium.
Dr. Pam Deering
Deering is currently the superintendent for Midwest City-Del City Schools since March after serving as deputy superintendent of fiscal services and human resources there from 2011-12 and assistant superintendent of fiscal services and executive director of fiscal services from 1995-2011.
She also held positions of executive director of budget and financial management for Moore Schools (1993-94); director of budget and financial management for Oklahoma City Schools (1988-93); and assistant state superintendent, director of finance, assistant director of financial services, assistant administrator coordinator and coordinator for the special education department for the Oklahoma State Department of Education (1977-88).
Deering also served as a floating teacher specialist and special education teacher for the Fort Worth (Texas) Independent School District (1973-77).
She received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from ECU in 1973, master of education in supervision and special education from Texas Woman’s University in 1976 and a doctor of philosophy in education administration-curriculum and instruction from the University of Oklahoma in 1977.
Deering has received numerous honors and awards, including the OASA Central Office Superintendent of the Year for 2009-10 and Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials School Business Official of the Year, also for 2009-10.
She is active in professional and civic organizations, currently serving on the Oklahoma Council for Educational Opportunity for Military Children, Central Oklahoma Red Cross, Tinker Air Force Base COMMSTAR Leadership Program and the State Superintendent’s Superintendent Advisory Board to name a few.
Deering lived at and attended school in Elmore City, before graduating from there in 1970.
She is married to Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, the adjutant general for the Oklahoma National Guard and a former Ada resident. They are the parents of Daniel and wife Heather and granddaughter, Adelyn.