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Steven Stefanick, Superintendent

With more than a decade of experience in education, Mr. Steven Stefanick was named Superintendent of Harding Independence Charter District in May 2021. 

Stefanick began his career in education as a secondary mathematics instructor at Norman High School in 2011-2012. He served as a secondary mathematics instructor at Harding Charter Preparatory High School 2012-2015, ending with a 100% pass rate on the Oklahoma End of Instruction exams. During those years, he also served as the mathematics department chair, head cross country coach, assistant tennis coach, and student council advisor. During his time as student council advisor, students raised more than $20,000 each year for local charities, including Oklahoma Make-A-Wish Foundation and Anna’s House, marking the highest average in school history. Stefanick was named assistant principal at Harding Charter Preparatory High School in 2015 and also served as child nutrition director and testing coordinator. A proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Stefanick went on to earn his master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma.  

Under Stefanick’s leadership, HICD was recently selected to participate in the Charter Strategic Growth Institute facilitated by Bellwether Education Partners.  

Stefanick currently serves as president of the Oklahoma Public Charter School Association. He formerly served as education advisory chair for Oklahoma State Senator George Young and for Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.  

Stefanick is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class XVI, received the School Choice Advocate award from School Choice Matters in 2019, and was named a 2016 NextGen Under 30 Winner. He is a former member of the Youth Professional Council for Oklahoma Make-A-Wish. 

Earned Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (University of Central Oklahoma, 2015) 
Earned Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics (University of Oklahoma, 2011) 
12 years of experience in education 
9 years of experience in administration 
Superintendent, Harding Independence Charter District, 2021-Present 
Superintendent/Principal, Harding Charter Preparatory High School, 2018-2021 
Assistant Principal, Harding Charter Preparatory High School, 2015-2018 
Teacher/Coach, Harding Charter Preparatory High School, 2012-2015 
Teacher/Coach, Norman High School, 2011-2012 
Oklahoma Public Charter School Association, president 2022-current; vice president 2020-22; member since 2018  
Oklahoma Make-A-Wish Young Professional Council, 2018-2022 
Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class XVI, 2020-2022 
Education Advisory Chair for Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, 2019-2022 
Education Advisory Chair for Senator George Young, 2018-2022 
NextGen Under 30 Winner, 2016