Reno, NV (November 14, 2018) – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is marking American Education Week by honoring Education Support Professionals, the classified employees whose work has a positive impact on the 64,000 students who attend WCSD schools. This group of employees includes clerical and office staff members, bus drivers, nutrition workers, teacher aides, interpreters, and clinical aides.
American Education Week will be held November 12-16, and is set aside by the National Education Association to celebrate the outstanding contributions of teachers, education support professionals, and parents across the country who provide resources and support to help students succeed. As part of that observance, Education Support Professionals Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 14.
“Our Education Support Professionals work hard every day to ensure our students receive the resources they need to learn and find academic success,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “They make a critical difference for our students each and every day by supporting them during their educational journeys in many important ways, getting them to and from school, preparing nutritious meals for them, and providing a variety of other supports that help our students stay on track to graduation. All of us are thankful for their hard work, and I applaud their dedication to our students.”
“ESP’s are often the silent workforce, but our dedication to our students and our staff make it possible for others in the District to complete their work,” said Melissa Boesen, president of Washoe Education Support Professionals. “We hope everyone will take a moment to thank an ESP for their dedication to our children and staff.”
Approximately 3,000 of the more than 8,000 employees of the Washoe County School District serve as education support professionals.