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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.

October 19, 2016

ESP Statewide Conference

The 2017 ESP conference will be held in Houston on April 9, 2017 at the Omni Houston Hotel following TSTA's state conference. Register early and receive a discount. read more

April 12, 2015

2015 ESP Conference draws 70 participants

Some 70 education support professionals attended the statewide ESP Conference that followed the TSTA House of Delegates in Frisco. 

Three workshops were offered: workplace bullying, kick starting your plan, and dignity demands due process.

"We face serious issues across the state, and no group of employees in the education community is more challenged by the crisis we face than our ESPs are," TSTA Executive Director Richard Kouri said in the opening speech. (Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ujdntiSlBMM.)

ESP of the Year for 2015

At the TSTA House of Delegates in Frisco April 10-11, Rosa Oropeza of El Paso was named the Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year, and Lorenzo Hernandez and Karen Barnes were elected and reelected, respectively, to ESP At-Large positions on the Board of Directors.

February 13, 2015

Education Austin launches Give Me 5 campaign

Education Austin is asking for a five percent pay increase for classified employees next year. At a Jan. 26 school board meeting, members carrying signs that said, "Give Me 5!" told the media their salaries are not keeping up with the rising cost of living in Austin. http://kut.org/post/classified-austin-isd-employees-ask-five-percent-pay-raise

November 19, 2014

Banquet recognizes school employees

For the second year, Beaumont Teachers Association and Port Arthur Teachers Association hosted a banquet to honor school employees during American Education Week. See photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tstapublicaffairs/sets/72157648976979348 and video at http://youtu.be/Zoc3XSC6Inw.

How did you celebrate ESP Day?

Wednesday of American Education Week is ESP Day, and our locals in the Ysleta, Southwest, and Cy-Fair school districts celebrated.

Southwest TSTA welcomed NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, TSTA President Noel Candelaria and TSTA Vice President Ovidia Molina. 

Ysleta Teachers Association launched a fair pay campaign on National ESP Day at the Board of Trustees meeting. Their resolution was put on the agenda for the December meeting. Photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/tstapublicaffairs/sets/72157649388101865.

Cy-Fair TSTA/NEA members spoke at the school board meeting about the great education employees in the district. Photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tstapublicaffairs/sets/72157649388150665.

August 27, 2014

Mercedes bus drivers win pay hike

Mercedes bus drivers won a 3.5 percent pay increase at a school board meeting this week. Twenty-seven of the 30 drivers, community supporters, and local TSTA officers were at the meeting to show solidarity, and the media interviewed local president Maribel Gonzalez. The drivers are working with the superintendent to increase salaries further to compensate for increases in insurance costs.

July 7, 2014

Two Texas ESPs elected to NEA Board

Texas is proud that two TSTA ESP members were elected to at-large positions on the NEA Board of Directors. Congratulations to Rae Nwosu and Karen Barnes of Education Austin!


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.

ESP of the Year

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.

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ESP Rep of the year

Meet Linda Estrada

Linda Estrada is an NEA Director for Texas. She 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, vice president for ESPs for two terms, and president for two terms.

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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.

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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.

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NEA Education Support Professionals

Connect with ESPs across America in the NEA Education Support Professionals section of the NEA website.

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