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John Rex Charter School Hires Dean Ketchum as Head of School

Experienced educator returns to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 21, 2020) — Dean Ketchum, a teacher and administrator with nearly 30 years’ experience, has been named the next head of school at John Rex Charter School (JRCS).

Ketchum was confirmed by the school’s board of directors today, and he will officially start July 1. However, Ketchum has immediately begun work to support staff, prepare for the upcoming school year and make introductions within the JRCS community. 

“My teaching career began in Norman, Oklahoma, and I am excited to return to the state to be part of this incredible school,” Ketchum said. “John Rex has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, and I look forward to working with the administrators, teachers, parents and families to continue to provide an innovative and exceptional education for our students.” 

“The experiences I’ve had in the classroom and as a principal have taught me to think broadly about serving a diverse population of learners,” he said. “I hope to instill the same perspective through our entire faculty and staff.” 

Nathaniel Harding, chair of the JRCS board of directors, said Ketchum’s experience will benefit the entire school community. 

“Dean Ketchum has taught everything from kindergarten to eighth grade and served as a leader at one of the top urban schools in New York City,” Harding said. “Additionally, he worked in the Oklahoma State Department of Education as the executive director of school improvement.” 

“The board believes he has the vision, experience and passion to lead our school to new heights,” Harding said.

About John Rex Charter School
John Rex Charter School offers a one-of-a-kind, quality education to economically and racially diverse students. The school is strategically placed in downtown Oklahoma City to provide teachers and students easy access to government, legal and cultural opportunities. The campus’ proximity to the Civic Center Music Hall, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and City Hall gives students walking access to multiple learning experiences. For more information, visit  

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