Celebrating education support professionals
Education support professionals are hardworking men and women who help students grow, learn, and succeed.
On Nov. 16, PSEA celebrated Education Support Professionals Day by sharing photos and stories of ESP members from across Pennsylvania on social media:
Meeting the needs of the whole student
Pennsylvania's bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, paraprofessionals, secretaries, and other ESP members ensure that Pennsylvania’s students are healthy, safe, and ready to learn when they come to school.
So often, ESP members are unsung heroes, going above and beyond the call of duty for their students.
On Nov. 16, PSEA welcomes the opportunity to thank education support professionals for everything they do to make Pennsylvania's public schools great.
ESP Day History
ESP Day was first celebrated in 1987, after NEA's Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor the contributions of ESP members.
In 2003, Karen Mahurin, then president of NEA's National Council of Education Support Professional (NCESP) members, led a successful campaign at the NEA Representative Assembly to change the ESP formal name from 'Education Support Personnel' to 'Education Support Professionals.' "The name change to 'professional' acknowledges the major contribution ESPs make to children and public education every day," said Mahurin, a secretary with 22 years of experience. "We impact the lives of children every day in our own special and professional ways."
The name reflects a growing pride in the valuable role ESPs play throughout America's public schools. Today's support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments. ESPs are equal and essential partners in the education process.
Download ESP Day materials from the American Education Week Toolkit to use for school's celebrations.