Deidre Prevett


Deidre Prevett, a spirited elementary school principal, stands outside and greets each child every morning at Lindbergh Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Muscogee (Creek Indian) Native American from Tiger Flats, Oklahoma, Prevett is living her American dream as an educator. She passes along the message from her grandmother: education is the key to overcoming the many obstacles that confront Native Americans, as well as the transient, low-income, multi-ethnic populations Prevett’s school serves. Many of her pupils are economic migrants whose parents move frequently in search of better-paying jobs and affordable housing. While she may see a student for only two or three months before the family moves on, Prevett will never give up on that student’s ability to realize his or her individual potential.

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