ESP of the Year Award

NJEA will present the ESP of the Year Award to an NJEA member whose activities reflect the contributions of educational support professionals to public education. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who shows outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: professional practice, member advocacy and association involvement, community engagement, personal achievement, and enhancement of ESP image.

An individual must be an NJEA member for three consecutive years as of Jan. 15 of the award year. The individual must be nominated by his/her county association through the county association’s adopted procedures. Each county can submit one nominee through its ESP award system.

A county award system is one developed by a county association that gathers nominations through local affiliates and selects one county-wide award recipient. Criteria for the county award are designed by the individual county and should not conflict with the state and national award’s criteria and purpose. County associations should submit their nominees on or before Oct. 2, 2020.

Local associations are encouraged to select a nominee and submit his/her name to their county association no later than Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. If you have a nominee in mind, visit for a nomination form and immediately talk to your local or county association president about the nomination.

Career Achievement and Friend of ESP awards

Do you know an educational support professional (ESP) who is an advocate for association members and who has been employed at least 10 years in public education? Or do you know a person or organization whose leadership, acts, dedication, commitment and support on a statewide level have proven that person or organization to be a true friend and advocate for ESP and their contributions to public education and students?

If so, consider making a nomination for an NJEA ESP Career Achievement Award or an NJEA Friend of ESP Award. Nominations are accepted through Oct. 23, 2020. For details and nomination forms, visit

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