The Oregon Council for Education Support Professionals is a lobbying organization formed to ensure that the voices of Educational Support Professionals (ESP), or classified employees, within the Oregon Education Association (OEA) are heard.
In the early days of the OEA, classified employees belonged to a separate organization called the Oregon Association of Classified Employees (OACE). This organization was a sister to the OEA. Although classified members attended many OEA trainings, OACE and OEA were separate organizations. Through much thought, discussion, and work of the leaders of both organizations, a merger was proposed and accepted. When this merger occurred the ESP members were guaranteed a united voice along with at-large directors on the OEA Board of Directors and the OEA PAC Board. We then changed to a Council and officially became the Oregon Council of Education Support Professionals (OCESP). We also have the distinction of being one of the first in the National Education Association (NEA) to refer to ourselves as professionals, reflecting the dedication we bring to our various jobs.
If you have never attended an OCESP Board meeting, please consider doing so! It is a great chance to network with other local leaders and share concerns, so together we can address them within the OEA structure. Contact OCESP Chair Heather Wisener for upcoming opportunities.
Please have your president or their designee attend the OCESP meetings. We need a strong ESP voice heard across our state! For more information on OCESP or any questions, please contact the OCESP Executive Board.
- October 8, 2022: OCESP General Meeting at Medford Office, 9am-4pm
- November 18-19, 2022: OCESP General Meeting and Fall Conference - Roseburg
- February 11, 2023 OCESP General Meeting-Virtual, 9am-4pm
- April 1, 2023 OCESP PRAM and State Council Meeting at Salem Office, 9am-4pm
Oregon Council of Education Support Professionals Executive Board:Council Chair: Heather Wisener
541-892-4375 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Vice Chair: Laura Warren
541-619-3848 / email@example.com
Council Secretary: Danielle Maire
541-409-6200 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Treasurer: Matthew Reed
503-428-0156 / email@example.com
Metro Regional Director: Becky Torres
Eastern Regional Director: Vacant
Border/Southern Regional Director: Vacant
Mid-State Regional Director: Vacant
North Valley Regional Director: Vacant