Education Support Professionals

Education Support Professionals
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Education Support Professionals (ESPs) are committed to students and public education. These dedicated professionals—paraeducators, custodians, cafeteria workers, and many more—keep the lesson plans flowing, the carpool lanes running, the lunch lines moving, and the buildings running. Their reach extends beyond school grounds into the communities they work in as coaches of sports teams, members of parent’s organizations, or volunteers for a local food drive. They are vital to the success of students and schools throughout Ohio and the nation.

Education Support Professionals are:

Educated, well-trained, and experienced.
More than one half (57%) of K-12 ESPs, and a majority (94%) of higher-ed ESPs, have an Associate’s or more advanced degree.

Committed to students and their success.
Most (61%) higher-ed ESPs plan to remain in their field and 41% plan to stay in their current profession until retirement.
Two-thirds (66%) of K-12 ESPs have given money out of their own pockets to help students with school supplies, field trips, and class projects.

Active in the school community.
A majority (71%) of K-12 ESPs live in the school district in which they work and many volunteer in those communities.

Focused on safety.
A majority (78%) of K-12 ESPs have responsibilities for promoting and ensuring student and staff safety.

Read about outstanding ESP in the following Ohio Schools issues

October – November 2023 Ohio-Schools

February – March 2023 Ohio Schools

Join the Ohio Association of Education Support Professionals.Providing a voice for all Education Support Professionals and the students they serve.Click here

March 22-24, 2024 – 2024 ESP National Conference, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas

October 22, 2024 – 2024 ESP OEA Conference

November 20, 2024 – National ESP Day

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.

OEA 2023 ESP of the Year is amy ballardGreeneview Classified EA’s Amy Ballard who 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 ESPdebra van gorder 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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225 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH, 43215
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OEA Staff Liaison: Matt Ides