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National Council for Education Support Professionals

National Council for Education Support Professionals

2018 NEA ESP Conference
March 23-25, 2018
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-4000

NCESP General Membership Meeting
(Before the ESP Conference)
Friday, March 23
Orlando, Florida
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel

The National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP) works within NEA to represent the specific interests of education support professionals and advocate for ESP issues. Any active NEA member is eligible for NCESP membership. If you are interested in joining as an ESP member, please join as an individual member.  All other NEA members may join as an Associate member.  Please fill out and submit the NCESP membership form or contact

NCESP Executive Committee

Debby Chandler (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP President
Spokane, Washington

Vickie Jacquet (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Vice President
Duson, LA

Lois Yukna (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Secretary
Metuchen, NJ

Donna Johnson (Term Ending 2017)
NCESP Treasurer
South Hadley, MA

Lakilia Bedeau
 (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Paducah, KY

Felicia Hampshire (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Southeast Regional Director
Green Cove Springs, FL

Bridget Jensen
(Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Western Regional Director
Kaysville, UT

Kathleen Meltsakos (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Northeast Regional Director
Groveland, MA

Mary Parrish (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Pacific Regional Director
Wasilla, AK

Mary Ann Rivera (Term Ending 2019)
NCESP Midwest Regional Director
North Riverside, IL

GPS Fund Grants

NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund enables grant awardees to improve student success. Since 2013, the GPS Fund has provided funds to state affiliates, local affiliates, and partnerships that demonstrate leadership in enhancing the quality of public education and engaging members. Award criteria focus on ensuring successful students, accomplished professionals, dynamic collaboration, and empowering leaders. Go here to learn more about the grants already awarded, about guidelines and deadlines, and about the application process.

edCommunities, NEA’s online professional learning and engagement community, hosts many private and public discussion groups. To connect with groups of educators, school support professionals, and other colleagues about how NEA’s GPS Fund Grants can work for you, first go here to become a member then enter key word Grants in the search function and join the “NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools” group.


Through the eyes of Sofi, a middle school student, see how Education Support Professionals (ESP) make a difference in the lives of their students, both in and out of the classroom in the video animation, Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student.  
  • anc_dyn_linksKey Facts About NEA's ESP Members
  • anc_dyn_linksEducation Support Professional Careers
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  • anc_dyn_linksESP Members of the NEA Board
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