Education Support Professionals ~ Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
Educational Support Professionals (ESPs) encompass all non-teaching education employees. Currently, there are more than three million education support staff in the nation’s school systems. Nearly, one half of the employees of any given school district are support professionals
ESPs are vital cogs in the public education system, and through their various careers they touch the lives of students and ensure student success. Education Support Professionals are the first and last school employees to see students in the school community. Examples of the valuable roles that ESPs play include:
2014 ESP of the Year: Bobbie Steffensen (center)
ESPs tend to be very personally connected to their students because they are more likely to live in the community served by their school and get to know students in settings outside the classroom.
Special education para-educator Stacie Aspiazu-Johnson with student Xaviera Martinez