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We help nourish students' minds and bodies so they can focus on excelling in the classroom.

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We offer the personal connection and one-on-one support to help students achieve their full potential.

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We are the secretaries, paraeducators, cooks, custodians, bus drivers, maintenance workers and others who help students learn.

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ESP: Education Support Professionals

ESP Organizing for Power

Less talk. More action. Education Support Professionals learned high-stakes, real-life organizing as part of a Pacific Region plan to boost ESP power -- and pay. Watch Video

Who are ESP members?

WEA's ESPs are Education Support Professionals consist of secretaries, para-educators, food service personnel, custodians, bus drivers, maintenance employees, mechanics, nurses, early childhood educators, security personnel who work in our public schools. Read more...

Who are your ESP statewide representatives?

The ACT!  ESP local units and local UniServ Councils are the primary structures for ESP members.  The WEA / ESP Action Coordinating Team...referred to at the ACT...serves as a steering committee comprised of ESP leaders elected from all councils.  Click here to find your ACT Representative!

You can help bring a LIVING WAGE to your district

Education support professionals (ESPs) keep school buildings and equipment functioning and students safe and healthy. But often they are barely able to afford to live in the communities they serve. Read more ...

Is your mailing address and email address information up to date?

Don't miss important information such as professional development opportunities thru your WEA membership, upcoming conferences and workshops, legislative issues impacting your daily work, and more. Watch your email for messages from WEA on important ESP matters!   Click here to update your contact information!

National Education Association ....visit your national association ESP site for upcoming national events and opportunities such as:

ESP of the Year

Nominate someone for the 2013 WEA ESP of the Year. Print an application form and submit it by the deadline, Feb. 1, 2013.

2011 winner was Debbie Passi from Green Lake Elementary School in Seattle. Watch video.

2010 winner was Maribeth Steincipher from Truman High School in Federal Way. Watch video.

2009 winner was Julie Wickersham, an occupational therapy assistant in Clarkston. Watch video

Meet Kathie Axtell

She didn't seek power, but has become a powerful partner for ESP members. In 2009 she was awarded the NEA (yes, national) Education Support Professional of the Year and the 2008 WEA Education Support Professional of the Year. Watch her win nationally on video and her WEA profile video.

Warren G. Magnuson ESP scholarship

Apply by May 21 for one of three scholarship grants of $1,000 each to help WEA ESP members earn an initial teaching certificate. Apply today

Is your building making you sick?

Many Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) problems can be prevented by schools, staff and students. Learn what you can do, and the WEA resources available to help keep you healthy. Read more ...