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Educational Support Professionals
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. TSTA has more than 13,000 ESP members statewide with more than 70 ESP leaders serving in various capacities at the local, regional, and state levels. By joining the TSTA family, ESPs have the opportunity to become actively engaged in their local association and serve as a role model for others. 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.
The TSTA ESP Statewide Conference follows the TSTA House of Delegates in San Marcos on Sunday, April 13. Its focus is the power of organizing. All Texas public school employees are invited to attend – members, non-members, teachers – all are welcome! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about organizing and the role of members in the association. Workshops will provide the tools you need to organize and advocate for ESPs and public education. Mark your claendar and watch this space for details.
Video features Beaumont and Port Arthur ESPs
TSTA education support professionals in Beaumont and Port Arthur talk about their work and their association in this video compiled by TSTA staff members Kristi Taylor, Mark Maldonado, and Deshaunta Kearns. It was shown during a November 2013 American Education Week banquet honoring ESPs, which was attended by TSTA President Rita Haecker and Vice President Noel Candelaria. The keynote speaker was Merwyn Scott, NEA director of minority community organizing & partnerships. http://youtu.be/orGqFmEYlSs
Photos from the Port Arthur/Beaumont banquet
See photos from the November 2013 Beaumont/Port Arthur banquet honoring ESPs at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tstapublicaffairs/sets/72157638412631456.
Coloring books increase student awareness
In October 2013, Laredo United TSTA/NEA donated 500 color books to the district's second grade classrooms. The books were created by NEA to increase awareness and appreciation for ESPs' hard work and dedication to students and public education. Check out the photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tstapublicaffairs/sets/72157636838025013.
Meet Betty Flores
Betty Flores reflects on her 40+ years as a library assistant and TSTA member in San Benito. "In our organization, we're family," Flores said. "When one person hurts, we all hurt. When one has a grievance, we're all here to help." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlLgaiNhWaU&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLkHA9tlHv0EYlIc1ldrCIosFNez3ICff3
Meet Jerri Harrison
Jerri Harrison was named the Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year at the 2013 TSTA Convention. She has served as a special education aide at Del Valle High School in Ysleta ISD (El Paso) since 1997, and is an active member of her local association. "I don't remember a time when Jerri has said no to the Ysleta Teachers Association," local president Arlinda Valencia, said. Video: http://youtu.be/zFKNUkKkgo8
Meet Lonnell Davis
Lonnell Davis is a bus driver and active member of Education Austin. We talked with him at the 2013 ESP Conference in Houston. "I guess my fight is for equality amongst all district employees, as well as fair pay," Davis said. "When you have roughly 12,000 to 13,000 employees and a considerable portion of those employees can't afford to live off the paycheck they make, there's a problem." http://youtu.be/otCRu3s1lGg
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 Education Support Professionals
Connect with ESPs across America in the NEA Education Support Professionals section of the NEA website.