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We Can't Imagine a Day without Education Support Professionals

See for yourself how important every education support professional is to the daily lives of our students and our schools. This poignant video "A Day without ESP" illustrates the value of our work on so many levels. It was produced by Indiana member Mary Neylon.

Also, below, check out a list of things that wouldn't get done in our public schools without our ESP members.

This video is also available via BlipTV.

ESP ... What we do ...

Work behind the scenes to make our schools run smoothly.

Strengthen the safety net for at-risk children.

Create strong ties with the community.

Promote parent involvement and reach out to multi-cultural communities.

Take pride in hard work and a job well done.

Demonstrate the importance of people from all different backgrounds working together to help every child succeed.

Without us the doors wouldn't open.

The bells wouldn't ring.

Classrooms wouldn't be clean and well maintained.

Special students would miss the one-on-one support.

The phones wouldn't be answered.

The lights wouldn't go on.

The paychecks wouldn't be issued.

Students would go without lunch.

Public schools run because of the work we do.

Who we are ...

Para-educators, who provide your child with extra help in the classroom and library

School nurses, who teach students healthy habits and comfort your sick child

Alaska Native Education tutors, who help students learn while preserving traditional ways

Food service workers, who prepare and serve your child a warm, healthy meal

Sign Language interpreters, who empower deaf and hearing impaired students

Secretaries, who make our schools run efficiently and effectively to enhance our children's education

Special education aides, who help special needs children become independent learners

Technicians, who keep computers and electronic systems in our schools operating efficiently

Custodians, who work to keep schools clean, safe and well maintained  

Bilingual instructors, who bridge cultures through language development  

School safety assistants, who help keep students safe  

Physical plant and warehouse workers who maintain security, heating, lighting,

 and other systems so our children have a safe learning environment.