Contact: Dina Martin, CTA Communications Consultant, 650-552-5491
BURLINGAME – Redlands school secretary Paula Monroe has been named CTA’s Education Support Professional of the Year for 2013.
Known as a formidable activist for all educators, Paula is on the Executive Committee of the National Education Association, where she is currently serving her second term. She is a member of the Redlands Education Support Professionals Association (RESPA), in southern California.
One of Monroe’s primary goals was to have ESPs become full members of CTA. In 2006, her goal became a reality when CTA voted to include 5,000 ESPs as full CTA members. She accomplished this by becoming active at the state and national level, holding various positions and serving on numerous committees.
“Paula’s leadership, perseverance and ability to get things done have been an inspiration to me and to her many colleagues. CTA is a stronger and more inclusive organization because of her work,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association.
Monroe is a founding member of the National Coalition of Classified Employees, which is a voice for one million classified/ESP members. She began her career in Redlands 26 years ago as a computer lab assistant and currently holds the position of school secretary. She remains active in the community, and recently helped present an anti-bully training for classified and district employees as well as the Redlands school board.
“It’s an honor to have been chosen for the ESP of the year award, but it’s also a recognition of the thousands of education support professionals that make valuable contributions to California schools. Together, we are better,” Monroe said.
Monroe was honored by CTA’s State Council of Education at its quarterly meeting in Los Angeles June 1.
The 325,000 member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2-million member National Education Association.