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Executive Committee, National Education Association

Hanna Vaandering

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Hanna Vaandering is an elementary physical education teacher from Ridgewood Elementary in Beaverton, Oregon. Hanna taught elementary physical education for 17 years at Ridgewood. Hanna was elected to the National Education Association (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2017. She has also served two successful terms as President of the 44,000-member Oregon Education Association (OEA).

While at Ridgewood, Hanna started a successful rhythms program to help her students gain a love for movement and dance. As OEA President, Hanna helped facilitate the creation of “A New Path for a Balanced System of Assessments.” This educator lead work lays the groundwork for creating a system of assessment that honors student learning over student testing.

Hanna is committed to our vision of a great public school for every student, fighting for the rights of each and every educator, and advocating for the school funding necessary to build the schools our students deserve.

Hanna was born and raised in Washington County, Oregon. She enjoys traveling, but is proud to call Oregon home. A graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, she was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American catcher for the Lady Boxers. In her free time, she 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.

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest labor union and professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and aspiring educators.