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Andersen Profile


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. 

About Hans M. Andersen Elementary School

Hans Madsen Andersen arrived in Broken Arrow on November 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 Union 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.

Families enjoy PTA-sponsored picnic outside.

Families enjoy a PTA-sponsored picnic outside.


Andersen Elementary Parent Teacher Association supports the mission of the national PTA and dedicates its organization to improving the education and well-being of students. See District PTA page.



Bethany Harper

Bethany Harper has been the principal at Andersen Elementary since 2012.  Prior to this administrative role, she was an assistant principal at Boevers Elementary, a reading specialist at Peters Elementary, and taught third and fourth grades.

Harper 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

Principal Bethany Harper reads over soulder of a student on a bench

Andersen In Photos

2 Andersen students walking
Andersen students at starting line in jog-a-thon
Adults and students during a PTA meeting at Andersen
3 Andersen students walking under cloudy sky
exterior view of Andersen Elementary
Andersen boy puts his finger on his nose
Andersen boy stands over his dad laying in ground
Andersen boy makes a cross with his pencils
exterior view of Andersen
Andersen Principal Bethany Harper