Principal's Message

  • Message from the Principal

    Kris Johansen
    Southgate-Rippetoe Principal

    Personal Bio for Kris Johansen

    Welcome to Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary!


    Your love for your children is echoed through the halls of our school! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our teaching skills and experiences with them! Every day we seek to provide a safe, secure, and richly educational environment that will focus on your child’s successes. Your continued participation and extensive investment of time in this school is essential to their positive growth and development. We ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT YOU and need your assistance in this endeavor. Our vastly experienced staff awaits your assistance! Please join our PTA and help us continue to build our community one exceptional student at a time!


    My bio is that I am originally from Janesville, Minnesota. I received my BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and completed my M. Ed. from the University of North Texas. This will be my 35th year in education. My wife, Shannon, and I have lived and worked in Texas since 1984, and Oklahoma since 2016. I have a daughter, Krisha, who is a personal assist to the former Ambassador of Sweden, and a son, Jake, who is plays AA Minor League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox. Having been in education administration in 5 different districts and 10 different schools I have garnered a wealth of experience and expertise in school improvement that I am excited to share with my new staff at Southgate Rippetoe Elementary!


    Please don’t hesitate to come see me if I can help you in any way!




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