History of ESP of the Year Award
Each year, one Education Support Professional receives the NEA ESP of the Year Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their schools, communities, and profession.
The ESP of the Year serves as an ambassador for Education Support Professionals around the country, promoting the value of ESP members at national and state conferences.
While it showcases one outstanding support professional each year, the Award recognizes and honors the contributions to great public schools all Education Support Professionals make year-round.
To date there have been 20 recipients of this national award, with the first ESP of the Year Award being presented in 1992. Below is a list of the those receiving this national recognition.
ESP of the Year Award Recipients
1992 Peggy Bertollo, Delaware
1993 Doris Dortch, Alabama
1994 Eddie Middleton, Louisiana
1995 Iona Hollway, Louisiana
1996 Evelyn Foster, North Carolina
1997 Karen Mahurin, Alaska
1998 Carter Foshee, Oklahoma
1999 Gail Rasmussen, Oregon
2000 Richard Malizia, New Jersey
2001 Irma Valdesino, New Mexico
2002 Joann Falk, Colorado
2003 Martin F. Meyer, Idaho
2004 Allyson “Sunny” Story, Iowa
2005 Kathleen Lange, Illinois
2006 Nancy Toombs, Kentucky
2007 Veronica Henderson, Maryland
2008 Laura Vernon, Wisconsin
2009 Kathie Axtell, Washington
2010 Helen Cottongim, Kentucky
2011 Jameel Williams, North Carolina
2012 Judy Near, Colorado
2013 Donna Schulze, Maryland