Dear Orvis Risner Families,

As the principal of Orvis Risner Elementary School, it is my sincere pleasure and honor to be a member of this outstanding school community. Orivs Risner enjoys a rich history of academic excellence that is the result of a collegial partnership between school staff, parents and community members. During my tenure as principal I have witnessed a close relationship between community, staff, families and students along with increased academic success. I am truly honored to be the principal of an amazing learning community and am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff to continue to provide the best educational program for the students.

Before my appointment as the principal of Orvis Risner in 2014, I held the position of classroom teacher for all grades PK-12 with the exception of grades 4 and 5. Not only have I served as a classroom teacher, but I have been a Title I reading teacher, and an instructional coach.  I have served as Director of Reading and Literacy for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, been an assistant principal, Director of Elementary Education and Federal Programs for Guthrie Public Schools and, most recently, Coordinator of Educational Services for Edmond Public Schools. While I have had numerous experiences both in and out of the classroom, nothing compares to the joy of working with school staff and students on a daily basis.

I will  continue to work diligently with parents and stakeholders to foster an atmosphere which promotes a learning community characterized by child- centered instruction and decisions, academic excellence, trust, respect, and recognition of both staff and student achievement. The education offered at Orvis Risner must remain academically challenging and engaging for each student while further promoting exploration of new ideas. It is my sincere desire to provide learning opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a changing society.

Through a collegial partnership with all stakeholders of Orvis Risner Elementary, I am confident we can continue on the path of excellence. We have so much to be proud of as a staff, family and community. If you have suggestions, comments, questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me


Penny Gooch