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Oregon Elementary School Principals Association

About Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA)

Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) serves those administrators who are actively engaged in the administration or supervision of elementary and middle school students.  Principals, vice principals of elementary and middle schools as well as other administrative personnel in the elementary and middle schools are eligible to become OESPA members.

The purpose of the OESPA Executive Committee is:

  • to promote, improve and exert a leadership role for the educational welfare of Oregon's children;
  • to encourage continual professional growth among principals;
  • to work cooperatively with other organizations, institutions and individuals interested in education; and
  • to develop cooperation and fellowship among elementary school principals.

OESPA is a state affiliate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). 

Let's Talk! Tuesday networking via Zoom

For connection information about upcoming sessions, Tuesdays at 4 p.m., contact OESPA President Kate Barker

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5: Check in With Principals Statewide -- How Can We Support You?

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 14: What are You Taking With You?, with Adam Welcome, author of Run Like a Pirate and Empower Our Girls.
        Resources:      Presentation slides

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 21: Connecting with Parents and Families
        Resources:      Presentation slides

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28: Appreciating Staff Virtuallyfeaturing Amber Teamann and Melinda Miller
        Resources:      Meeting video    Chat transcript    Practical suggestions!

4 p.m. Tuesday, May 5: Transitions: Welcoming In and Celebrating Out
Meeting video    Chat transcript 

4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12: Finding Your Peace During the Pandemic: Resilience Tools for Educational Leaders, featuring Lana Penley from Mindflow.
         Resources:     Click here for a video on Lana's work, and here to get in touch with her.

4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19: Utilizing Video and Multimedia to Connect with Staff, Students and Families
with Dr. Brad Gustafson, principal and author of Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative Schools for Digital-Age Students
         Resources:      Meeting video    Chat transcript    Presentation slides 

4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26: Author and speaker Jessica Cabeen
         Resources:     Meeting video    Chat transcript    Presentation slides 

Please note: We anticipate that OESPA will move to monthly online meetings in the future.

OESPA Executive Committee


Gerry Flock

Principal, Lone Pine Elementary


Marshell Hooker

Principal, May Roberts Elementary

Past President

Kate Barker

Principal, Cherry Park Elementary

NAESP Representative

Rachael George

Principal, Sandy Grade School

Central Region Representative

Kelle Hilldebrandt

Principal, Elk Meadow Elementary

Coastal Region Representative

Geoff Wetherell

Principal, Coquille Valley School

Eastern Region Representative

Tobey Huddleston

Principal, Aiken Elementary

Metro Region Representative

Barb Keeton

Principal, Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 School

Southern Region Representative

Sallie Johnson

Principal, Washington Elementary

Willamette Region Representative

Cory Gaub

Principal, North Marion Intermediate

At-Large Member

Heidi Brown

Principal, Harrison Elementary

At-Large Member

Currently Vacant


At-Large Member

Mariela Mireles

Principal, Dilley Elementary

COSA Executive Director

Craig Hawkins

Coalition of Oregon School Administrators

Elections for OESPA officers are held annually.  OESPA presidents serve three years (as president, president-elect, past-president).  Other officers include six regional representatives, an NAESP representative and up to four appointed positions.