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Education Support Professionals Day 2014

Raise Your Hand for All the Educators in Your School.

Nov 7, 2014

Education Support Professional of the Year, Paula Monroe, reminds us why this American Education Week, we should thank ALL the professionals who are there for our students every day in school.

Celebrating Education Support Professionals (ESPs)

On ESP Day, NEA honors the education support professionals who play critical roles in the education process every day in public schools across the country.  We celebrated ESP Day in Salt Lake City, Broward Country, Florida and Pittsburgh.   Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day was first celebrated in 1987, after NEA's Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor the contributions of school support staff. ESP Day focuses on the importance of these school employees, who take care of students every day, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed in school.

In 2003, Karen Mahurin, then president of NEA's National Council of Education Support Professional (NCESP) members, led a successful campaign at the NEA Representative Assembly to change the ESP formal name from 'Education Support Personnel' to 'Education Support Professionals.' "The name change to 'professional' acknowledges the major contribution ESPs make to children and public education every day," said Mahurin, a secretary with 22 years of experience. "We impact the lives of children every day in our own special and professional ways."

The name reflects a growing pride in the valuable role ESPs play throughout America's public schools. Today's support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments. ESPs are equal and essential partners in the education process.

Find out more about ESPs, who comprise more than 40 percent of the total K-12 education workforce. Illinois custodian and NEA member Dave Arnold shares this poem about our ESP members.

Download ESP flyers from the AEW Online Toolkit and download the booklet A Guide to Celebrate National Education Support Professionals Day ( PDF, 389 KB, 17 pgs.) to use for your AEW celebrations.

NEA's AEW Tour on Storify:  The ESP Day Edition 

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ESP Day in Photos


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