NCESP NEA Representative Assembly Announcements
The 2013 NEA Representative Assembly (RA) will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, June 26 – July 6 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tentative agenda for the RA is now available.
During the RA, NCESP will hold two General Membership meetings. For your information, meeting times have been listed below. Please note that all rooms are tentative locations. If the location should change this announcement will be updated and an update will be placed on the message board at the RA.
NCESP General Membership Meeting (1)
Georgia World Congress Center
July 1, 2013
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
NCESP General Membership Meeting (2)
Georgia World Congress Center
July 4, 2013
During the RA Lunch Break
2013 NCESP Election Announcement
NCESP elections will be held at the 2013 NEA Representative Assembly in Atlanta, GA during the July 1, 2013 NCESP General Membership meeting in Room B401-402. Please allow us to introduce you to our candidates for the upcoming elections.
NCESP Presidential Candidate Statements
It is important that the ESP voice continues to be heard at NEA. There are many issues facing our Council and it is imperative that we have the strongest voice possible. Let me continue to be that voice for you. As your NCESP president, I have a track record of knowing the issues.
I will tackle those tough and challenging issues to keep the Council moving forward. I am dedicated to keeping the ESP voice at NEA. I have the courage and the leadership skills to advocate directly for all 470,000 ESP members across this country. I need your support for us to be strong in our collective advocacy for our ESP membership. Please consider supporting me in this endeavor, so that we can work together as we move forward.
A proud union member advocate of 23 years, I have tirelessly represented my fellow ESP, extraordinary workers…doing essential work every day. Moving forward, NCESP members need an experienced leader ready to listen to our collective voice, helping ESP weather difficult times. One who will provide us with the knowledge and stability needed as the attacks on public education escalate. NCESP needs a leader ready to work collaboratively with NEA, as we strive to elevate ESP careers, promoting the vital role ESP play in education and in our communities ESP are at risk…Political action is necessary to protect our careers. A former NEA Director, I bring experience to lobby for NCESP, representing our position on educational issues impacting students, our futures and public education. In Solidarity…
NCESP Regional Director Candidate Statements
Barb Armour, (Mid-Atlantic Region)
Even before I became involved as a board member, I was led into training programs by some wonderful people. Women’s Leadership, Leaders for Tomorrow and various summer leadership workshops are just some that I was fortunate enough to participate in. As an OEA Board of Director member for the past 6 years, I have had the opportunity to learn about the concerns of our ESP’s. I feel the issues we have here in Ohio are issues that affect ESP’s in most states, and I would like to be the person to help guide the path to help our members to learn to stand up for their own jobs and rights as members and as valuable employees of the schools they serve.
Richard Davenport, (Mid-Atlantic Region)
I am declaring my intent to run for the NCESP Mid-Atlantic Director seat. The reason, I still want to be involved in working with and for our ESP issues. As a state elected NEA director my main objective was Teacher and Classified issues within the state of Kentucky. As NCESP Director for Mid-Atlantic Region, my goals would be strictly ESP issues, 1st priority, how we keep what we have and build upon that firm foundation laid by our past leaders. We don't want to go backward within the NEA family, we only want to forge forward. So let’s move our agenda Forward; Vote Richard Davenport, a school Bus Driver from Kentucky, for your next Mid-Atlantic Director.
Chuck Thompson, (Northeast Regional Director)
I have served as Northeast Regional Director for 3 years. My desire to represent our members and be your advocate has not diminished. It continues to be a driving force and motivation.
Today we are faced with many challenges. Internally, to meet growing needs with diminishing resources and externally by forces that aim to undermine us. Inadequate funding and budget cuts have eliminated many programs and jobs that benefit students and families.
I will continue to be an ambassador for Education Support Professionals, ensure that our voices are heard and our concerns addressed. We must fight voucher schemes, Charter School takeovers and privatization of our jobs. I would be honored to continue to serve NCESP as Northeast Regional Director. I respectfully ask for your support.
Kathleen Meltsakos (Northeast Region)
I am Kathleen (Kathy) Meltsakos, a 2011 NEA Leaders for Tomorrow graduate, and I want to be your representative for the Northeast Region of NCESP. I believe in NCESP, and my desire is that our membership grows and our council becomes a stronger national ESP voice. For example, one goal that has been requested by many, and that I would work to achieve is to make NCESP documents and reports available online prior to General Membership meetings. I ask that you please vote for me as your Northeast Regional Director of NCESP. Thank you for your vote, and I commit to you that I will always represent your interests.
NCESP ESP At-Large Director Endorsement Reminders
NCESP will conduct an endorsement process for members running for NEA ESP At-Large Board of Director seats. This will be held during the NCESP General Membership Meeting at the NEA Representative Assembly, Sunday, June 30, 2012, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. You are welcome to attend our meeting. The endorsement process will begin at approximately 3:40pm and end at 5:15 pm. Due to a heavy business agenda, it is imperative for all candidates to arrive promptly. Please click here for additional information regarding additional candidate requirements.