Hanna Vaandering Becomes President; Tony Crawford Elected Vice President
Members of the Oregon Education Association (OEA) elected a new state president and vice president, Saturday April 20, during the annual OEA Representative Assembly in Portland. Delegates elected Hanna Vaandering, a Beaverton physical education teacher, to the office of President; Tony Crawford, a middle school teacher from Canby was elected vice president. Both will assume their two-year terms in July 2013.
Vaandering has served two terms as OEA vice president, first elected to the office in 2009. Prior to her election as OEA Vice President, Hanna has served 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 Elementary in Beaverton. 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”.
Currently, Vaandering also serves as the only classroom teacher on the Oregon Education Investment Board.
OEA’s vice-president-elect Tony Crawford is a middle school geography teacher in the Canby School District. Crawford currently serves as a member of OEA’s Board of Directors and on the Oregon Legislature’s Task Force on Accountable Schools. For more than a decade, Tony has lead and supported the work of the Student Peace Advocacy programs at Ackerman and Baker Prairie Middle Schools which includes bringing distinguished guests such as peace activist Arun Ghandi and Nobel Peace Prize recipient F.W. de Klerk to Oregon.