Q&A Session on meeting today’s challenges in the Tulsa Public Schools System
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa is excited to announce a community chat/question and answer session with the Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, Dr. Deborah Gist! This event will be facilitated by Wayne Greene, LWVMT board member and Region Communications Manager for Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
If you have a question for Dr. Gist, please submit it by clicking the form link below.
Deborah A. Gist is the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools and a proud graduate of Memorial High School and Nimitz Junior High School. She started her education at both Grimes and Carnegie elementary schools, and being the Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools fulfills a lifelong dream.
During Superintendent Gist’s tenure, the district has seen sustained increases in high school graduation rates, novice teacher retention, employee engagement, and the
percentage of students meeting projected reading and math growth. Tulsa Public Schools has also expanded its dual language programming, opened the only two public Montessori programs in the state, implemented the Seal of Biliteracy for high school students demonstrating proficiency in at least two languages, launched a unified enrollment system, and successfully passed a five-year $415 million bond that will transform teaching and learning experiences across the city.
Superintendent Gist’s proudest moment of her superintendency, however, was in April 2018 when she joined more than 100 educators on a 110 mile march to Oklahoma City to advocate for significant increases in state education funding to provide the resources that Oklahoma teachers and children need and deserve.
Superintendent Gist holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree in elementary education and curriculum from the University of South Florida, a master’s of public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Wayne Greene is the region communications manager for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Before that he worked for the Tulsa World for 34 years as editorial pages editor, city editor, as a state Capitol reporter and in several other positions.
In 2016, Greene was named “the conscience of the community” by the Tulsa Regional Chamber. In 2017, he received the University of Oklahoma Regents Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Oklahoma. In 2019, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.