Superintendent - Welcome


Penny Fender - District Superintendent

Last Spring, I met with the Mitchell School District Board of Directors and we agreed that given the late resignation of the former superintendent, the ESD would provide district leadership for the 2023/24 school year. Over the course of the summer, the North Central ESD administrative team has been working with Mitchell Staff, Board, and Community in planning for the school year. It has been an amazing experience and it has truly been a pleasure to work with the Mitchell Community. It is a great school.

Penny has spent the majority of her career working in and supporting small rural schools.  "I started my education career teaching in the Powers School District, and it was from that experience I found my love and compassion for small schools". Penny has served throughout the state in a variety of leadership roles and is highly respected among educators from around the state.

Penny's educational leadership experience includes: Director of Instruction and Special Programs for Hood River County School District, Director Curriculum and Instruction for Malheur County ESD, Superintendent of Annex School District, and Assistant Superintendent of Columbia Gorge ESD. Penny is completing her seventh year as Superintendent of North Central ESD and will be completing her first year as Superintendent for Mitchell School District.

"I am looking forward to a great year working in collaboration with educational community in providing the best education possible for the the Mitchell students.

Penny Fender