Education Support Professionals play a crucial role in the everyday lives of our students, and are a vital part of the work that goes on every day in our schools. The paraeducators who work directly with students, the clerical service staff who deal with parents and make our schools run, and the custodial and maintenance professionals are all important to the success of our schools.
CTA established a special day to honor our Education Support Professionals on the Tuesday of the third full week in May, during Classified School Employees Week. This year that date is May 22. As one great family, we must all work to raise the status of Education Support Professionals, and we must work to raise the pay as well. We must strive to ensure that all school workers receive the salary and benefits they deserve.
And, as colleagues, we must thank the education support professionals in our schools, whether they are CTA members or not.
Please take some time on May 22 to recognize Education Support Professionals in your schools. Plan a special lunch, conduct an awards ceremony, set up ESP art as your computer wallpaper, send a thank you card or an e-card, or offer some words of appreciation for the work they do. For more information on CTA ESP, please visit our ESP page.