What If ?
Let’s suppose just for a moment, what if there weren’t any
What would become of our schools and where would education be
If not for the dedication of each Education Support Professional
How could our schools ever survive or even function at all
For the bus driver wouldn’t be there to pick up children
along the way
The doors wouldn’t be unlocked, the lights on, or the
buildings heated each day
The aides wouldn’t be there to help those
children with a special need
Or the cooks wouldn’t have a hot and
tasty meal ready for all to feed
School security wouldn’t be there to watch over the
children with care
Each child’s records wouldn’t be the secretary’s
load to bear
The computers would crash without the technician to
keep them up to date
And not for the maintenance personnel, one can
only guess the school’s fate
And there are many more that give so much, each in a
For to each ESP, education is far more than just
another job or utility
Education is each child’s future, the hope
and prayers of our nation
For that future, each day, ESP give their
work, love, and dedication
(Dave Arnold, a member of the Illinois Education Association, is a custodian
at Brownstown Elementary School in Southern Illinois. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
The views expressed in this column are those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the NEA or its affiliates.
ECSSO OFFICERS & STAFF
Betsy Brian lived in Arizona and Oklahoma before moving to Elko,
NV in 2007. She has been at Elko High School since the 2007-2008 school year as a teacher’s aide (detention room since 2010). She has been a bus driver, paraprofessional, kitchen help, instructional aide, office aide, playground duty aide, and an organization secretary in the eight years at Choctaw/Nicoma Park school district in Oklahoma. She is a county elected official and on the board of various organizations on a volunteer basis. Last year she was a delegate assembly representative for ECSSO.
Lisa Abbott grew up in Elko and graduated from Elko High School. She has worked for Wells High School for over 20 years. She has been class adviser at different times throughout her tenure and currently coaches the high school softball team. She is married and her two sons graduated from Wells High. In addition to working for the district she runs a business educating women about personal defense.
JoAnn has been employed with the Elko County School District since August 1990. She is a special education para-educator at Grammar #2 in Elko, Nevada. JoAnn has served as secretary/treasurer for over ten years and was a delegate assembly representative for eight years. She has attended three ESP conferences.
Tichy works as and instructional assistant at Southside Elementary School in the ESL Dept. She has been with the Elko CSD since December of 1991. A long time member, she is assisting ECSSO with communicating with our Spanish-speaking members.
NSEA UniServ Director
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