Deadline, May 31st

Nominate an ESP member today! All you need is the person's name. 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

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 web form. All we need is the name of the person you wish to nominate and your contact information. Nominations will be received on a rolling basis up until May 31. 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 take approximately 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 31.  All nominations must be submitted onlineIf you have any questions, please contact Erin Green at [email protected] or 802-224-2411.

Selection of the Winner

Nominations will be reviewed by the Vermont-NEA ESP Leadership Advisory 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.

Award Presentation

The Vermont-NEA ESP Award will be presented at the annual Vermont-NEA Representative Assembly.  


Also... Nominate an Emerging ESP Leader!

Nominate a Rising Star

We are looking for exceptional ESPs who would benefit from emerging leader training.  Please nominate an ESP today.  All emerging ESP leaders will be invited to the Vermont-NEA Power Up! summer conference (August 7-9).  The selection committee will choose two emerging leaders to send to the NEA ESP Conference to attend the Emerging Leaders track.  All expenses will be covered by NEA. 

How to Nominate

Please complete the simple online nomination form here.  Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Decisions for conference attendance will be made in late May for the upcoming NEA ESP Conference (mid March).  If you have any questions, please contact Juliette Longchamp at [email protected]


Previous Winners, Vermont-NEA ESP Award

Joan Savaglio, Green Mountain-NEA, 2018

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

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