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ESP Statewide Conference
The 2013 TSTA ESP Statewide Conference will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Houston Downtown Hyatt.
Why you should join TSTA/NEA
Join the TSTA family and become one voice through the power in numbers. Educational support professional membership is rapidly growing. The Texas State Teachers Association currently has over 13,000 ESP members statewide with 72 ESP leaders serving in various capacities at the local, regional and state level.
By joining the TSTA family, ESPs have the opportunity to become actively engaged in their local association and serve as a role model for members. TSTA recognizes that ESPs are professionals who deserve respect and acknowledgment for their contributions to public education. ESPs enhance the lives of students from the moment they board the bus, to when they enter the cafeteria for their meals and the classroom to get an education.
TSTA officers, NEA executive director meet with TSTA ESP
On Oct. 13, 2011, TSTA/NEA and El Paso County came together to celebrate the progress of the El Paso County ESP Campaign. The campaign that began almost a year ago is moving forward. The campaign goals are to put in practice a standard procedure that will establish 1) a fair criteria process and salary scale placement that is based on years of experience and/or certification. ESP have been in the forefront of the El Paso County movement and understand the importance of uniting forces countywide. NEA Executive Director, John Stocks, President, Rita Haecker, Vice President, Noel Candelaria and TSTA Executive Director, Richard Kouri joined the celebration. In solidarity support staff and teachers will be able to make positive changes that impact education. Together they can accomplish victories when organizing around issues such as working conditions, benefits and just wages making true improvements in the lives of all school employees.
Meet Richard Martin
Originally from the Catskill Mountains of New York, Richard Martin enlisted in the Air Force and moved to Texas, where he lived in San Antonio, Wichita Falls, and Lubbock.
He and his wife of 35 years, Sharon, moved to Houston in 1980, where Richard worked with Carpenters Local 213 remodeling offices and stores in the Galleria. In 1987 he accepted a position in the maintenance department of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. A couple of years later, he became a TSTA/NEA member.
Richard has served on the association’s executive board and as the education support professional president and vice president for his local. He is a member of the ESP Committee at the state level. A recent graduate of Leadership Training 2011, he expects to graduate from the ESP Leaders For Tomorrow Program in 2012.
Meet Yolanda Molina
At the April 2011 TSTA Convention, Yolanda Molina received the TSTA Ronnie Ray Education Support Professional Advocate of the Year Award, our top honor for ESPs. Yolanda was a data entry specialist and migrant recruiter for 34 years in Mercedes ISD.
Meet Linda Estrada
Linda Estrada has worked in various capacities in Donna ISD for 24 years; she currently is a campus secretary at Sauceda Middle School. A member of Donna TSTA/NEA for 10 years, she has served as local secretary for two terms and vice president for ESPs for two terms, and she was recently re-elected president for a second term.
Has the year been worth your time?
Galen Ballard, education support professional with Ector County ISD and former TSTA ESP of the Year Award winner, shares his end-of-school thoughts.
About the Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year Award
This award recognizes a TSTA educational support professional whose activities reflect the contributions of ESP to public education and show outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the following areas.
NEA ESP Conference scholarship contest
How would you like to win an all expense paid trip to the NEA ESP Conference? Here’s your chance! NEA ESPQ will award 10 scholarships to the top NEA ESP recruiters in 2011.
NEA Education Support Professionals
Connect with ESPs across America in the NEA Education Support Professionals section of the NEA website.