Picture of some of the ESP Staff at the Okaloosa County School Board Meeting.

Wednesday, November 16th is National Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day

Education support professionals (ESPs) in Okaloosa County and in communities across the nation will be in the spotlight on Wednesday, November 16th, as students, parents, teachers, and school administrators come together to celebrate these unsung heroes of public education.

ESPs are essential partners in providing great public schools, and National ESP Day honors and recognizes the contributions the education support professionals make to public education.  Education support professionals are often the first people our schoolchildren encounter on a daily basis.  They are the people who drive our children to school, help them cross the street, provide them a nutritious meal, and keep their school buildings clean and safe.  

“Please join in letting each and every one of our Educational Support Professionals know how important they are to our teachers, students and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Jackson.  “They stand shoulder to shoulder with us to protect, serve and keep our students safe.  They are an integral part of our district and are to be commended for the jobs they do on a daily basis.  Please let them know how much they are appreciated.” 

Picture of ESP ProclamationPatrick Strong, Okaloosa County Education Staff Professionals Association (OCESPA) President, accept a proclamation declaring Wednesday, November 16th as Education Support Professionals Day from Superintendent Jackson at the November 14th Okaloosa County School Board meeting.

Pictured above are: (from left to right first row) Starla Lucas, Patrick Strong, Jolene Bruce, Linda Fountain, Angie Ford; (from left to right second row) Iris DeLeon, Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Jackson, Jacqueline Drones, Anne Whalen; and (from left to right third row) Keith Forest, and Corneila Rodas .