California, Oregon Educators Elected to NEA Executive Committee

Vaandering wins first term and Sheridan re-elected to NEA leadership

By John Rosales and Celeste Busser

The majority of the 7,500 delegates to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly voted July 3 in Boston to elect Oregon teacher Johanna “Hanna” Vaandering and keep California teacher, George Sheridan, on the Executive Committee.

Sheridan was first elected in 2014 and is currently serving a three-year term. He will begin serving another three-year term in September. Vaandering will begin serving a three-year term in September.

George Sheridan has taught every grade from first through twelfth

George Sheridan

“I’m honored to continue my work on NEA’s Executive Committee,” said Sheridan. “By listening to members, potential members, and the communities we can strengthen our organization, build strong alliances with our communities and create the schools our students deserve.”

Sheridan, a K-12 school teacher in Black Oak Mine Unified School District in Garden Valley, Calif., has taught every grade from first through 12th during his career. He has also taught graduate courses at California State University, Sacramento, and University of California, Davis.

“George is committed to the fight for great public schools as a basic right for every student,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “I am confident he will draw on his years of experience on the Committee as well as in the classroom to deliver the promise of a quality public education for all students.”

Sheridan received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles and a master’s in education from the University of Southern California.

Johanna Vaandering is an avid traveler, skier, scuba diver

Hanna Vaandering

“Congratulations to Hanna,” said Eskelsen García. “I know her nearly two decades in Oregon schools and her leadership with her state and local associations have prepared her well for this role.”

Vaandering, a physical education teacher from Ridgewood Elementary in the Beaverton School District, currently serves as the Oregon Education Association president. She was elected president in 2013. Prior to her election, Vaandering 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 Associations.

“I am honored and thrilled to have this role to advocate for great public schools now at a national level,” said Vaandering. “I am committed to continuing my efforts in ensuring great public schools for all students, fighting for the rights of each and every educator, and advocating for stable and adequate school funding for schools across our country.”

Vaandering 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.

Vaandering’s experience with OEA started early in her career as a building representative. After serving on her first bargaining team, she was elected to the BEA Executive Committee and then served as Vice President prior to becoming President.

Vaandering 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. In her free time, Hanna enjoys scuba diving, water skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

The NEA Executive Committee consists of nine members – three executive officers and six members elected at-large by the Representative Assembly. The committee is responsible for general policy and interests of NEA and acts for the NEA Board of Directors in between its four regularly scheduled meetings each year.