Deadline is Friday to register for MEA ESP conference

Friday, Feb. 22 is the deadline to register for the MEA 2013 Statewide ESP Conference. The conference will be held March 15-16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bay City.

Attendees will be exposed to world-class professional development opportunities, including numerous sessions relevant to ESP careers. ESP members will also have ample opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues from all corners of the state.

This year's featured speaker is Judy Near, the 2012 NEA ESP of the Year winner.

Near, who lives and works in Canon City, Colo., began her ESP career in 1985 as a substitute health technician. Fifteen years into her career, she helped found the Canon City Education Support Personnel Association. A national advocate for ESP members, Near has served as an NEA Director (ESP At-Large), CCESPA president and Colorado Education Association executive committee member.