Every school community has numerous dedicated employees who spend their day in support of educators and students. Michigan’s Education Support Staff Professional of the Year program exists to honor these outstanding staff members, and nominations for the 2021 award are now open.
Those working in educational support staff roles such as transportation workers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, skilled trades staff, maintenance, secretarial and administrative assistants, security guards, and paraprofessionals are eligible to be considered for the award.
State Superintendent Michael Rice has said that education support staff greatly contribute to the success of our students and schools—ensuring students arrive at school safely; that they are fed; that their schools are clean; and that they have assistance in classrooms.
Nominations can be made using the online nomination form between now and Sept. 13. Reviewers will evaluate each recommendation, with the awardee being announced in October. For more information about the Education Support Staff Professional of the Year program, visit the program website.