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National Council for Education Support Professionals

The members of the NCESP work with NEA to empower school support staff within their professional association and ensure they are fully integrated into NEA programs.
ESP member attends conference

Since 1995, the National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP) has worked within NEA to represent the specific interests of education support professionals and advocate for ESP issues.

What do we do? NCESP: 

  • speaks with a common voice on all matters affecting ESP
  • improves the structure of NEA in order to ensure full and effective participation of all ESP
  • impacts the development of ESP training and make recommendations as needed, using ESP members when appropriate
  • identifies and supports candidates for NEA offices who will actively work for implementation of NCESP-adopted programs and positions
  • provides the NEA president with a list of qualified candidates from NCESP membership and actively promotes the appointment of those members to appointed bodies
  • works to fully integrate ESP members into all NEA programs.


Any active NEA member may join NCESP. ESP members should join as individual members. All other NEA members may join as Associate members. NEA State Affiliates may also join, using an organizational membership. 

To join, complete our online registration to be part of NCESP.

For questions, contact [email protected].

Elections and Governance

NCESP meets twice yearly, at the National ESP Conference and again prior to the beginning of the NEA Representative Assembly. Members discuss all Council business, conduct Council elections, and vote on changes to the Constitution and Bylaws and new business items. Members of the Executive Committee are elected for three-year terms. View the list of current committee members here.


The NCESP General Membership Meeting will be held on July 2, 2022 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM, in Chicago, home to its own unique vibe, restaurants, boutiques, museums, and friendly locals. The NCESP meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Wacker, Chicago, Illinois.

Please check back here frequently for updates, as meeting planning continues at a rapid place. Updates will be posted on this webpage when new details become available.


The pandemic continues to impact the NCESP General Membership Meeting, so many new policies and procedures are being implemented to keep everyone safe and healthy.


The 2022 NCESP General Membership Meeting will be held in-person with a virtual component, meaning that NCESP members will have the option of attending the meeting either in-person or virtual. NCESP members will declare their attendance preference at the time they register online. Seating will be extremely limited for guests and ESP members who are not members. Guests and ESP members who are not members will be available to access the meeting virtually. Information on how to access the meeting virtually will be available closer to the meeting.


NCESP and NEA online Annual Meeting registration will be open from May 31 to June 15.

Onsite NCESP General Membership Meeting registration will be held during its traditional time on the morning of the meeting, July 2. Early check-in begins at 9:30 am CST and will end at 11:30 am CST. All meeting participants must check-in prior to the meeting beginning at 1:00 pm.

All onsite NCESP and NEA Annual Meeting registrations will include special health checks, details of which will be shared with delegates and NCESP members. (The process will be familiar to members who attended the March Summit or NCESP General Membership Meeting, as the health check procedure was rolled out for those events.)


All participants will need an electronic device to connect into the meeting, including in-person attendees who will be voting for NCESP candidates and amendments to the NCESP Bylaws & Constitution. NCESP Members who do not have a smart phone, computer, ipad, etc., should send an email to [email protected], and a staff member will assist.


For questions about NCESP elections, please email NCESP Elections Chair Antoinette Felder at [email protected].

Click here to review the COVID Protocols for the NCESP General Membership Meeting


NCESP will be holding its next NCESP General Membership Meeting during the 2022 NEA Representative Assembly in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, July 2, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 4:00PM. Stay tuned for further information!

See this year’s NCESP Candidate Elections information below.

NCESP Elections - Saturday, July 2, 2022 - Candidates for open seats

President (3-year term)

  • Rae Nwosu, TX
  • Lois Yukna, NJ  

Secretary (3-year term)

  • Vallerie Fisher, WA

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director (1-year unexpired term)

  • Veronica Henderson, MD
  • Gordon Dale Beck Jr., KY
  • Jocelyn Morrison, NC

Midwest Regional Director (3-year term)

  • Michael Glabere, WI

Northeast Regional Director (3-year term)

  • Bobby Travers, MA

Southeast Regional Director (2-year unexpired term)

  • Nelly Henjes, FL

Western Regional Director (2-year unexpired term)

  • Vacant

NCESP Declaration of Candidacy

The NCESP Declaration of Candidacy form is the document you submit to start the process of becoming a candidate for NCESP office. All candidates for NCESP office must submit a Declaration of Candidacy by May 1 to be eligible for NCESP office.

Not to exceed 125 words. This statement will be published in the NCESP newsletter prior to the NEA RA.
When you give ESPs a voice and an opportunity to help other support staff know their value, then mentoring becomes invaluable.
Quote by: Judy Near, Colorado
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