Mrs. Carli Bandy began her teaching career in 2015 after graduating with a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Western Governors University. She has taught in both the private and public sectors of education. Her experience includes preschool and fourth grade. Before teaching, she served in the U.S. Army National Guard for eight years and worked as a Administrative Specialist at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center for two years. She and her husband, Shea, both moved from Comanche, OK after they married in 2004. Both of their children have attended Orvis Risner since preschool. Carli has been an Orvis parent for many years, completed her student-teaching experience there, and made it her mission to teach at Orvis Risner as well. She feels it is her calling to serve the community in which she lives and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to do so.
I grew up on a small family farm in rural North Dakota. I moved to Edmond in 2000 and began my teaching career in the Mid/Del School system in 2001. After 12 years in the Oklahoma City Public School system, in 2013, I was hired at Orvis Risner Elementary.
I began my educational career in 1996 in Bakersfield, California, taught in Missouri, and finally back home in Oklahoma. I started as a Physical Education/Health teacher but soon had the calling to be a classroom teacher. I have been lucky enough to serve an as administrator for 4 years and have been awarded teacher of the year in 2016-2017. The last 25 years I have been coaching: football, baseball, softball, and basketball. Before teaching I served in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and the California Army National Guard for 11 years. I have been married to Andrea Wheeler for 24 years and have 2 children, Haley who is a Senior at Southmoore High School and Gabriel who is in 8th grade at Southridge Middle School. I a super excited about coming to Edmond Public Schools and Orvis Risner Elementary School. Boomer Sooner!
As one privileged to be an Educator my philosophy is best described in the words of author John C. Maxwell. He explains the contrast between success and significance as what one chooses to do to add value to someone else instead of those things that add value to self. My goal is to be significant in the lives of those students gifted to me each year as well as the families they represent. My relationship with educating children has spanned well over twenty-five years both in the classroom and as a childcare provider. I couldn’t have done any of this without the love and support of my husband of twenty-four years and my two beautiful daughters. With a Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Langston University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma, I am equipped with the proper tools to ensure educational success for all of my students and embrace the opportunity.