Picture of the Ed Support Personnel at SB Meeting

Educational Support Professionals Day – Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, proclaimed Wednesday, November 15, 2017, as Education Support Professionals Day at the November 13, 2017 School Board meeting.  National Education Support Professionals Day honors educational support personnel and recognizes the contributions they make to public education. 

Education Support Professionals are an integral part of the education process.  These employees work tirelessly to serve the children and communities with care and professionalism.  On a daily basis, Education Support Professionals take great pride in using their numerous skills which are rooted in human relations, communications, verbal presentations, technical knowledge, use of resources and positive personality traits.

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 Marian Gilmore, Longwood Elementary School, OCESPA Executive Board; Girselda DeLeon, Longwood Elementary School, OCESPA Executive Board; Patrick Strong, OCESPA President; Superintendent of Schools, Mary Beth Jackson; and Linda Fountain, OCESPA Site Rep for Transportation South.