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Education Support Professionals Call Rasmussen's Oregon Victory 'Historic'

Gail Rasmussen was elected president of the Oregon Education Association (OEA) Saturday April 25. The 716 delegates who attended the representative assembly of NEA's Oregon affiliate chose her without opposition. Her term begins in July.

She is the first ESP to be elected OEA President. Additionally, she is the first Black American to serve in the state affiliate's highest office.

Prior to this election, Rasmussen served two terms as OEA Vice President, first elected to the office in 2005.

Rasmussen has worked in the Eagle Point School District for 18 years. She got her start in public education as a receptionist at Eagle Point high school and now she coordinates its Occupational Internship Program.

In 1999, Rasmussen was named "National Education Support Professional of the Year," by the National Education Association, a high honor.