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OAESP Department | Education Support Professional Award Nomination | ESP Aspiring Teacher Scholarship Nomination

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Education Support Professionals

Education Support Professionals strengthen our schools, communities, and associations across the country. They play an important role on the education team and in the lives of students both inside and outside of the classroom. They keep our schools running and our students safe, healthy, and ready to learn every day. They serve hundreds of thousands of students nutritious meals, transport Ohio’s children, and work on the front lines in school building offices. Our members teach in kindergarten classrooms, high school labs, and university halls. They counsel adolescents and help students carve out career aspirations. They coach athletes and transport students to and from the schools and extra-curricular events. Members provide professional services to benefit students, schools, and the public in virtually every position needed to run Ohio’s schools.

Read about outstanding ESP in the following Ohio Schools issues

October – November 2023 Ohio-Schools

October – November 2023 Ohio-Schools

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OEA Staff Liaison: Matt Ides


November 15, 2023 – National ESP Day

March 22-24, 2024 – 2024 ESP National Conference

October 22, 2024 – 2024 ESP OEA Conference

Date, 2024 – EVA cadre


The Education Support Professional of the Year Award is presented each year to an OEA member whose activities reflect the contributions of education
support professionals to public education.

  • Greeneview Classified EA’s Amy Ballard is a compassionate, safety-conscious bus driver and dedicated union advocate who has been recognized in her community for her exemplary service and leadership. Read her full profile in the 2023 June/July Ohio Schools issue.
  • OEA’s 2022 ESP of the Year Debra Van Gorder (Ashtabula Association of Classified School Employees) is a paraprofessional at Lakeside Junior High in Ashtabula, where she has worked since 2008. Read her full profile in the 2022 June/July Ohio Schools issue.
  • OEA 2021 ESP of the Year Karen Wright (Wellington SSA), has served 30 years as secretary at Wellington High School. Read her full profile in the 2021 June/July Ohio Schools issue.

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