NEW SPRING DEADLINE, MAY 15
Nominate an ESP member today! All you need is the person's name, local association name, and email. Click here for a handy form.
Nominate a local ESP member for the Vermont-NEA ESP Award!
In recognition of the important role of Education Support Professionals within the Association, and to honor their outstanding contributions to communities and children, Vermont-NEA presents an annual Education Support Professionals Award.
The 1992 Vermont-NEA Representative Assembly established the annual Education Support Professional Award to recognize the importance of ESP.
Who Can Be Nominated
The person being nominated must have been a Vermont-NEA member for at least three years (including this year). Exceptions will be made if the Local Association is less than three years old.
How to Nominate
All Vermont-NEA members and local Associations are encouraged to nominate one of their ESP members who provides outstanding contributions to the Association and school. Ideally only one nomination is made by each local Association, but if multiple nominations are made, the selection committee will work with local leaders to resolve multiple nominations. We encourage more nominations than less, so please nominate a colleague!
The strongest nominees are members who are highly involved in their local Association and/or volunteer for Vermont-NEA or NEA in some capacity. Examples of involvement include, but are not limited to, holding elected local union leadership role(s), being involved in organizing colleagues to legally form the union, assisting fellow members in organizing to improve the workplace or advocating for employee rights. In general, the committee favors nominees who enhance the image of ESPs in the school, union and community. Nominees also should be good employees with a strong professional record, make a continued positive impact on the school and students, and ideally, are involved in their local community.
Nominations will be accepted by submitting a simple nomination card (or web form). All you need is the name, local Association, and email for the nominee and your contact information. Nominations will be received on a rolling basis up until by May 15. After a nomination is received, a member of the selection committee will be in touch with the nominator to ask a 4-5 questions about the nominee. Questions will be sent ahead of time to help you think about information that would be useful to share about your nominee. Interviews should not take on average 15 minutes and will be conducted by phone. Click here for a sample list of interview questions and answers.
To submit a nomination online click here.
Deadline for Nominations
Nominations will be received on a rolling basis up until May 15. You may use a printed nomination card (available at Vermont-NEA events or by request by mail) or online (see link above). If you have any questions, please contact Emma Mulvaney-Stanak at firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed cards may be mailed or emailed/scanned and sent to: email@example.com Or, mail to Vermont-NEA - 10 Wheelock Street - Montpelier, Vermont 05602-3737 or fax to 802-223-1253.
Selection of the Winner
Nominations will be reviewed by the Vermont-NEA ESP Award Nominating Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Vermont-NEA Board of Directors. The Vermont-NEA Board will select the winner.
The winner will be presented a $1,000 award, will automatically become Vermont-NEA's nominee for the National Education Association ESP Award, and will receive an all expense paid trip to the NEA ESP Conference.
The Vermont-NEA ESP Award will be presented at the annual Vermont-NEA Representative Assembly
Loretta Johnson, Rutland Northeast Education Association-Paraeducators and Bus Drivers Unit, 2017
Fran Brennan, Chittenden South Education Association, 2016
Chris Halpin, Essex Jct. Westford Education Association, 2015
Christie Thereault, Windham Southeast Education Association, 2014
Tara Gauding, South Burlington Education Association, 2013
Hannah Van Loon, Windham Southeast Education Association, 2012
Darcey Fletcher, Lamoille Union High School EA, 2011
Donna Constant, Paraeducator, Washington West EA 2010
Jan Thibeault, Paraeducator, Essex North EA 2009
Rebecca Auger, Paraeducator, Woodstock Union HS SSO, 2008
Laurel Tobiason, Paraeducator, Twinfield SSA 2007
Linda Howard, Paraeducator, Twinfield SSA 2006
Regina Sears, Paraeducator, Rutland School EA 2005
Betsy Howard, Paraeducator, Woodstock Union HS SSO 2004
Beverly Klandl, Class Assistant, Chittenden South EA 2003
Carolyn Godbout, Paraeducator, Rutland School SA 2002