OEA President & Vice President
OEA President Johanna Vaandering
Johanna “Hanna” Vaandering, a Physical Education teacher from Ridgewood Elementary in the Beaverton School District, was elected OEA President in April, 2013. Prior to her election, Hanna served as OEA Vice President for four years and as Beaverton Education Association President, OEA Region I Vice President and as Pacific Regional Director for the National Council of Urban Education Association.
Hanna taught elementary physical education for 17 years at Ridgewood. While at Ridgewood, Hanna started a successful rhythms program to help her students understand the importance of movement and dance. The most rewarding aspect of her seventeen years at Ridgewood was having past students come by the school and tell her “you made a difference in my life”.
Vaandering’s experience with OEA started early in her career as a building representative. “Advocating for those who make a difference in the lives of our students on a daily basis made me understand the importance of our union,” said Vaandering. After serving on her first bargaining team, Hanna was elected to the BEA Executive Committee and then served as Vice President prior to becoming President. Assuring the rights of each and every member are protected and advocating for stable and adequate school funding are top priorities for Vaandering as OEA President.
Hanna was born and raised in Washington County, she enjoys traveling, but is proud to call Oregon home. A graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Hanna was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American catcher for the lady Boxers. Scuba diving, water skiing and spending time with family and friends are ways in which Hanna likes to spend her free time.
OEA Vice President Tony Crawford
Tony Crawford was elected to serve as the Vice President of OEA at the 2013 OEA Representative Assembly. Crawford brings to the position a history of service on the OEA Board of Directors, as well as service on a number of OEA cabinets, committees, and task forces. From 2008-2012 Crawford served as Chair of the NEA Resolutions Committee.
Tony Crawford is a middle school geography teacher from Canby. Crawford has spent the past 33 years teaching his students to make a difference in the world. In addition to his geography classes, Crawford initiated a class called Student Peace Advocacy. The focus of Peace Class is to “think globally, but act locally, to create world peace.” “We saw our local part of the world being our school campus. Our goal was to make our school safe, secure, and welcome for everyone.” Student Peace Advocacy was successful in receiving support and recognition by influential guests to Crawford’s school. Such guests include Nobel Laureates FW deKlerk, Jody Williams, and Madame Lee Heeho. Other guests include Arun Gandhi, Minnie Jean Brown, Rudy Baez, and Lopez Lomong. It is not surprising that Social Justice is Crawford’s favorite OEA Core Value.
Crawford grew up in a union household in Coos Bay, Oregon. Crawford’s father was a longshoreman, a member of ILWU, and his mother a school cook and OSEA member. The Crawford home knew well that “an injury to one is an injury to all.” Today Crawford is pleased to acknowledge his family influence in his Association work at the local, state, and national level.
Tony Crawford is married to Betty Crawford. They have two children and three grandchildren. Crawford enjoys fly tying and fly fishing. Crawford is an experienced cross country skier, but has recently been learning to snow board.