Education support professionals: dedicated partners in education

Education support professionals are the fastest growing membership group in NEA. More than four out of ten public school employees are education support professionals (ESPs).

ESPs perform a variety of jobs that promote quality education; foster positive learning environments; provide nutritious meals; and maintain safe and clean schools for all students. ESP positions include paraeducators, administrative support, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, food service personnel, security officers, health and therapy support, computer technicians, and maintenance operators.

ESP statistics...

  • 80% of ESP members work full time
  • 72% work in a school building
  • 86% are female
  • 77% live in the school district where they work
  • 40% are active in their communities
  • 43% work in a preschool, kindergarten, or elementary school
  • 30% have more than 15 years of experience
  • 82% plan to stay in their profession
  • 42% have an associate's or more advanced degree
  • 78% have the responsibility for ensuring student and staff safety

Issues important to ESP members

  • ESPs would like to see increased wages (Living Wages); more chances for promotion; better retirement┬ábenefits; additional professional development opportunities; and improved health and dental insruance provisions.

The major source of job satisfaction for ESP members is the personal fulfillment they get from working with students.

1 Republic CPEA Awarded Living Wage Grant
2 Urge Congress to Support National Classified School Employees of the Year Awards
3 ESP - Extraordinary Special Power
4 Four Jobs in One Day!
5 Meet the 2009 WEA ESP of the Year
6 ESP Publications