OEA President & Vice President
OEA President John Larson
John Larson is an English teacher from Hermiston High School, serving both the Hermiston and Morrow County School districts for nearly 25 years. Most recently, John’s days consisted of teaching remedial reading courses to high school seniors, as well as AP Language and Composition. While many may find this an unusual assignment, John relished the task of problem solving at multiple levels throughout the day.
John is the son of two exceptional public school teachers and his commitment to the union was a part of his culture growing up. His first experience with OEA came early in his career with the Morrow County Education Association as a building representative. He then served as President for four additional years. Throughout his career as an educator, John has continued to serve OEA as a leader in various roles including: bargaining chair; President of the Hermiston Association of Teachers; NEA Board Director; NEA PAC Captain; on NEA and OEA Resolutions Committees and as a member of the OEA Executive Committee. He was proud to be elected to his current role—OEA President—in April, 2017.
John’s primary focus is ensuring excellence in public education through member empowerment. He believes deeply in the voices of educators as a driving force for students and public education.
OEA Vice President Reed Scott-Schwalbach
Reed Scott-Schwalbach is a Spanish teacher from Centennial High School in Gresham where she has taught for 18 years. She has taught Spanish in levels 1-4, AP Spanish, a Mount Hood Community College dual credit program, as well as a program she developed for native Spanish speakers. As an educator, Reed has seen students discover a talent they never knew they had. She believes learning a second language not only helps students develop a deeper awareness of cultural diversity, but allows them to build connections with their own community.
Reed is the daughter of a special education teacher. She is originally from a small town in Southeast Alaska but moved several times growing up including time on the small Micronesian island of Saipan. Through her experience in many different schools and types of education, she was shaped heavily by the role educators played in her life and how schools create communities. Ultimately, she decided to become an educator because she wanted to help students experience the world to the fullest extent.
Reed believes in the power of collective action. She feels her role as a leader is ultimately to help educators discover their power to create systemic change as they work to improve the lives of their students. Her objective is to use OEA’s collective voice to help set the direction of public education.