Encouraging academic excellence in a safe environment while nurturing a strong sense of character and an active partnership with home and community.
Andersen endeavors to develop responsible, empowered problem solvers instilled with a life-long desire for learning through student-centered teaching and working partnerships with home and community.
Andersen Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) supports the mission of the national PTA and dedicates its organization to improving the education and well-being of students.
Hans Madsen Andersen arrived in Broken Arrow on Nov. 10, 1910, from Denmark. As their children learned English in school, they taught their parents. They became United States citizens in 1913. In 1919, Andersen bought a 200-acre dairy farm at 61st and Mingo, which is currently where the 6th/7th Center is located.
Due to his generosity and support of the Union Public Schools, which began in 1919, Andersen Elementary was named in his honor in 1985. We are privileged to have our school building named after such a dedicated, giving man.
As you enter our school, Andersen’s picture and plaque with a commemorative inscription will be one of the first things you see. Even though he died in 1954, Hans Madsen Andersen will always be remembered.
Bethany Harper has been the principal at Andersen Elementary since 2012. Prior to this administrative role, she was an assistanct principal at Boevers Elementary, a reading specialist at Peters Elementary, and taught third and fourth grades. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northeastern State University and her master’s degree in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership with a Literacy Specialization from Oklahoma State University. Harper has been a positive behavior incentive and support coach, a building testing coordinator for state and district assessments, and part of the intervention team at Peters and Boevers. Her range of experiences provides a broad view of school life. Bethany is married with two grown children and five grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, and reading