Important Dates for 2021-22

  • Oct. 29-30, 2021: WEA ACT ESP Fall Conference 
  • Jan. 16-17, 2022: Lobbying Weekend
  • March 12, 2022: ACT Meeting
  • April 6-9: WEA Board of Directors Meeting and annual WEA Representative Assembly, Spokane
  • May 13-14, 2022: ESP Sparks
  • June 11, 2022: ACT Meeting
  • July 29-30, 2022: ACT Retreat

Warren G. Magnuson Educational Support Professional Scholarships

The Washington Education Association is pleased to offer six scholarships of $1,500 each this year to educational support professionals who are pursuing professional advancement through trades, technical or collegiate institutions. Three of the six grants are designated for ESP members of color.

Congratulations to the 2021 recipients: 

  • Cameryn Ariola-Moku, Professional Support Asociation at Puget Sound ESD, is a program specialist at the Puget Sound Educational Service District who would like to obtain her administrative assistants certificate.
  • Justin Lake, Quilcene ESP, is in his eighth year as an enrichment coordinator paraeducator. He is currently enrolled in a Career and Technical Education teacher certification program at Olympic College.
  • Clifton Maxie Jr., Seattle EA, is a paraeducator who has plans to finish his AA degree and enroll in a four-year college/university to pursue a teaching degree with a special education endorsement.
  • Monica Reyes Guzman, Kent Association of Paraeducators, is a paraeducator at Pine Tree Elementary in Kent who is working on her masters's in teaching at Antioch University. Her goal is to teach bilingually at a public school in Washington. 
  • MacKenzie Tinsley, Seattle EA, is a paraeducator with plans to become a special education math teacher and eventually an administrator.
  • Tesia Yoon, Shoreline ESPA, is a student teacher at Lynnwood Elementary School and working on her master's in teaching at the University of Washington. 

ESP ACT

The ACT works to address ESP member issues, including collective bargaining, job privatization, retirement/pensions and living wage efforts. The ACT also oversees professional development opportunities, scholarships and the annual ESP of the Year award.

Each UniServ council elects one ACT representative every two years. ACT representatives are:

  • Activists and organizers for ESP members (some ACT members also serve as national representatives at NEA).
  • Advocates in Olympia and at home for public education issues.
  • Coordinators of local ESP leadership meetings and annual ESP Issues Conferences.

Who is my ACT representative?

Rochelle Greenwell
Rochelle Greenwell
Chair
Kent Association of Paraeducators
Puget Sound

Antoinette Felder
Antoinette Felder
Vice Chair
Seattle CPEA/SUBS
Seattle
Vallerie Fisher w statue
Vallerie Fisher
Secretary
Seattle Parapro Assn
Seattle

Janie White
Janie White
WEA Vice President
 

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Marie Payne
Tacoma Education Association
WEA-Tacoma

Keri Roberts
Keri Roberts
2021 WEA ESP of Year
Central Kitsap ESP

no photo available
Christine Bainard
Soap Lake ESP
North Central WEA

Traicy Bernal
Traicy Bernal
Vancouver Assn ESP
WEA Riverside
Debby Chandler
Debby Chandler
Spokane EA
Spokane

Shondea Chapman
Shondea Chapman
Bates Tech College Prof/Tech Employees
Soundview

Claude Clark
Claude Clark
Central Kitsap ESP
WEA Olympic

Andre Ervin
Andre Ervin
Spokane EA Specialists
Spokane

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Mary Hilton
Steilacoom Classified EA
Soundview

Pamella Johnson

Pamella Johnson
Rochester ESP
NEA ESP at Large
WEA Chinook
 

Marguerite Jones
Marguerite Jones
Seattle Parapro Assn
Seattle

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Alisha Rasmussen
Puyallup Education Support Professionals
Summit

Vivian Nagai
Vivian Nagai
Kent Association of Paraeducators
Puget Sound
 

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Brenda Overdorff
Nine Mile Falls CPEA
WEA-Eastern Washington

Marla Rasmussen
Marla Rasmussen
Seattle Parapro Assn
Seattle
Robbi Reed
Robbi Reed
Special Education Paraeducator
Northshore EA ESP
WEA Cascade
Valisia Simpson
Valisia Simpson
Renton ESP
Rainier

 
Gina Tookes
Gina Tookes
Yakima Educ Office Professionals
WEA MidState
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Elizabeth Ward-Robertson
Seattle Assn Office Professionals
Seattle
Julie Wickersham
Julie Wickersham
Clarkston Classified Association
WEA Southeast 

Yelonda Wilke
Yelonda Wilke
Pullman Paraprofessionals
WEA-Eastern Washington

Lama Chikh

Lama Chikh
WEA Interim ESP ACT Coordinator