Educational Support Professionals Day – Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, proclaimed Wednesday, November 19, 2014, as Educational Support Professionals Day at the November 10, 2014 School Board meeting.

“National Educational Support Professionals Day honors educational support personnel and recognizes the contributions they make to public education,” said Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Jackson.  “Educational Support Employees are a vital part of our school district.  They are the first to arrive and the last to leave.  Daily, they touch the life of each and every student, teacher and staff member.  Many times they are overlooked, but they are the ones who drive our students to school, direct traffic, provide meals, keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and make sure students have a clean, safe learning environment.  Wednesday, let’s be sure to thank them and show our appreciation for their hard work and commitment.” 

According to the National Education Association website, Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day focuses on the importance of these school employees, who take care of students every day, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed in school.  Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day was first celebrated in 1987, after NEA's Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor the contributions of school support staff.  Today's support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments.

Pictured above left to right are Linda Fountain, OCESPA VP of Membership, Dianna Smith, OCESPA Secretary, Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Jackson, Patrick Strong, OCESPA President, Jolene Bruce, OCESPA Classroom Assistant Representative, and Anne Whalen, OCESPA Food Services Representative.