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Harvey Dean

Harvey Dean, Founder, Former Educator Harvey Dean on LinkedIn

Dr. Harvey Dean is the founder of Pitsco Education. During Dean’s high school years, a great teacher showed faith in his potential and changed his life forever. This powerful episode turned Dean toward the education profession, and his teaching experiences showed him that he was only one of a great many students who felt left behind by traditional classroom methodology. Dean and two other teachers founded Pitsco in 1971 with the vision of empowering students to take ownership of their own educations and futures. Since that time more than 300 million students have experienced Pitsco’s STEM products and curricula.

Dean holds bachelor of science, master of science, education specialist, and education doctorate degrees. Before Pitsco, he worked as a teacher at various levels, as a coach, and as an entrepreneur. He has published two books (Changing Education and The HOT Plan™) and was named a regional Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine. He has been awarded the Pittsburg State University Meritorious Achievement Award, the Pittsburg State University Distinguished Service Award, the East Central University (Oklahoma) Distinguished Alumni Award, the Spirit of Pittsburg Award, and the Door-Opener Award, recognizing achievements in helping others maximize their potential. Pitsco was awarded the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award in Kansas in 2012.

Active in his community, Dean has contributed to many organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Angels Among Us, and the United Way Fund. He traveled to Haiti to support medical relief efforts after the country was devastated by an earthquake in 2010. Pittsburg State University named a 300-meter track after Dean in recognition of his support to the university. This recalled Dean’s own time as a high school track coach. Dean lives with his wife, Sharon, in Pittsburg, Kansas. Together they have three children and several grandchildren.


  • Bachelor of Science, East Central State College
  • Master of Science, Pittsburg State University
  • Education Specialist, Pittsburg State University
  • Education Doctorate, University of Arkansas

“As a young person, I wasn’t always the ideal student. In high school a great teacher changed my life. He believed in me and showed me that, in the right setting, I could excel. Hands-on education reaches students that the traditional classroom does not. It gives many a view of themselves they’ve never seen before.”

– Harvey Dean, founder, former educator