ESP of the Year Awards

Senate passes new national award for classified employees


On March 28, the U.S. Senate approved the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act, legislation that provides national, annual recognition for the outstanding contributions of education support professionals and classified school employees to the nation’s public schools and the students they serve.

NEA has nearly 500,000 education support professional members across the country. NEA and MSEA already recognize support professionals with the annual national and state ESP of the Year awards.

The deadline to submit nominations for MSEA’s statewide ESP of the Year Award is June 1.

2021 ESP of the Year Criteria and Standards

The MSEA Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year Award recognizes the contributions of Education Support Professionals (ESPs) to their schools, communities, and their profession. The award is presented to a member of MSEA who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments and reflects the contributions of ESPs to public education.

Nominations may be submitted by any student, parent, teacher, administrator, citizen, or school organization or by a fellow education support professional. The nominator must describe the nature of the achievement of the nominee citing the stated criteria. All nomination forms must be signed by the local president.