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Nominate an education support professional as one of the best

Nominations are open now through Feb. 28 to recognize the outstanding contributions of Oregon’s Education Support Professionals.

The winner is named the 2023 Oregon Education Support Professional of the Year and will be surprised with a special announcement later in the spring.

Educators nominated for Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year must be currently employed by an Oregon public K-12 school or school district and meet the definition of an ESP in Oregon.

“The well-being and success of students in Oregon is dependent on a wide variety of unsung heroes whose tireless contributions go above and beyond in their care and support of students and teachers every day,” said Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill. “This kind of heart and dedication has a deep and lasting impact in our educational system and should not be overlooked. 

“Education Support Professionals across the state deserve to be recognized for both the broad scope and significance of their work. This award is just one way to demonstrate our appreciation for all they do.”

The Oregon ESP of the Year will receive an award of $5,000. They will also receive a plaque and banner to commemorate this significant achievement.

In May 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2964 which directed the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon State Lottery to create a program to honor an education support professional serving students in any grade from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. 

Additional information on the nomination process can be found at oregonteacheroftheyear.org.

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