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National Council for Education Support Professionals

National Council for Education Support Professionals

***Qualifications for NCESP Office*** (Please disregard qualifications as stated in the 2020 Winter NCESP Newsletter)

NCESP officer and regional director elections will be held in June at the NEA Representative Assembly in Atlanta, GA. Nomination and biographical forms must be completed by all members seeking to run for an open NCESP position.

Downloadable copies of this form are available on the NCESP website, These forms must be submitted to NCESP President Rae Nwosu, by May 1, 2020 in order for a declaration of interest to be valid.

The following NCESP Executive Committee positions will be open:
Three-Year Terms

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Southeast Region
  •  Pacific Region
  • Western Region

Below are the qualifications for all members desiring to run for an open NCESP position in June 2020. Visit  to review a complete copy of the NCESP Constitution and Bylaws.
NCESP Constitution and Bylaws (excerpt)


The officers of NCESP shall be a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The regional directors shall be Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Western, Pacific and Northeast.

Each candidate for office shall be an Education Support Professional member of NEA and an active member of NCESP for 1 year.



NEA announced on March 6, 2020 that the NEA ESP Conference, scheduled for March 20-21, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

As a result, all NCESP meetings and activities associated with that conference also are cancelled.

Please check this NCESP webpage and newsletter next week for further detail. Also, please see below the letter sent out from NEA.

Thank you for your NCESP membership.  We will stay in touch as we get through this difficult time together.


Rae Nwosu, NCESP President

Dear NEA Member,

We are writing to share important updates about upcoming NEA conferences.

The nation’s students, educators, and all their families are at the forefront of our minds as we grapple with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. When we make hard decisions, the safety of our members, students, staff, and guests is our top priority.

We have concluded that we must cancel many of our upcoming conferences. In making this decision, we fully considered the human, programmatic, and financial impacts, but it all came back to safety.

The following conferences have been canceled: 

  • National Leadership Summit in Orlando (March 13-15)
  • Higher Education Conference in Orlando (March 12-13)
  • NEA-Retired Conference in Orlando (March 15-16)
  • ESP Conference in New Orleans (March 20-22)

Conference attendees will receive a separate email shortly with information for cancelling travel and other logistical details.  

Please be assured we will send out additional information as soon as possible, but we want to notify you of the cancellations immediately.

This is an unprecedented situation. Because of the size and scope of these events, we will be unable to reschedule them for this year.

NEA leaders and staff pour countless hours into planning and running these conferences. It’s work they love doing, because our core values are to support and strengthen NEA members. We’re making this decision to cancel these events out of that same dedication. 

Your families, students, and fellow NEA members rely on your health, safety, and strength every single day. We simply can’t ask you to take that risk. We’re erring on the side of safety. At the end of the day we can always hold another conference next year, but we can’t be flexible with the health of all our members and the students they serve.

NEA staff will follow-up with you shortly, but in the meantime please stay calm, stay vigilant, and remain united in our mission to serve our members, students, and communities.

TOGETHER, we can and will get through this crisis. 

In solidarity,

Lily Eskelsen García
National Education Association

Kim Anderson
Executive Director
National Education Association


NCESP Newsletter

Get the latest NCESP Network News in our Fall newsletter. President's notes, ESPQ Highlights, Members in Action, NCESP's 25th anniversary, and more.

The National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP) works within NEA to represent the specific interests of education support professionals and advocate for ESP issues. Any active NEA member is eligible for NCESP membership. If you are interested in joining as an ESP member, please join as an individual member.  All other NEA members may join as an Associate member.  Please fill out and submit the NCESP membership form or contact

NCESP Executive Committee

Rae Nwosu
NCESP President
Austin, Texas

Vickie Jacquet
NCESP Vice President
Duson, LA

Lois Yukna 
NCESP Secretary
Metuchen, NJ

Karen Slade
NCESP Treasurer
Burlington, NC

Lakilia Bedeau 
NCESP Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Paducah, KY

Felicia Hampshire
NCESP Southeast Regional Director
Green Cove Springs, FL

Eddie Chacon
NCESP Western Regional Director
Denver, CO

Kathleen Meltsakos
NCESP Northeast Regional Director
Groveland, MA

Mary Parrish 
NCESP Pacific Regional Director
Wasilla, AK

Mary Ann Rivera
NCESP Midwest Regional Director
North Riverside, IL

GPS Fund Grants

NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund enables grant awardees to improve student success. Since 2013, the GPS Fund has provided funds to state affiliates, local affiliates, and partnerships that demonstrate leadership in enhancing the quality of public education and engaging members. Award criteria focus on ensuring successful students, accomplished professionals, dynamic collaboration, and empowering leaders. Go here to learn more about the grants already awarded, about guidelines and deadlines, and about the application process.

edCommunities, NEA’s online professional learning and engagement community, hosts many private and public discussion groups. To connect with groups of educators, school support professionals, and other colleagues about how NEA’s GPS Fund Grants can work for you, first go here to become a member then enter key word Grants in the search function and join the “NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools” group.


Through the eyes of Sofi, a middle school student, see how Education Support Professionals (ESP) make a difference in the lives of their students, both in and out of the classroom in the video animation, Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student.  
  • anc_dyn_linksKey Facts About NEA's ESP Members
  • anc_dyn_linksEducation Support Professional Careers
  • anc_dyn_linksThe ESP Quality Department
  • anc_dyn_linksESP Members of the NEA Board
  • anc_dyn_linksThe ESP E-mail List