When I was finishing my student teaching experience, my mentor, Art Goffe, asked me if I had any questions for him. My question was this: “What is the most important thing for me to know that I wasn’t taught in college?”
Mr. Goffe smiled at me and without skipping a beat said, “Make friends with the support staff. They will help you more than you know.”
Man, was he ever right! Education support professionals in K-12 public schools play pivotal roles in creating conducive learning environments for students. Administrative assistants, custodians, cooks, bus drivers and paraprofessionals contribute significantly to the overall functioning of our schools, and impact our students in positive and profound ways. Put simply, our schools could not function efficiently without them.
November 15 is Education Support Professionals Day! On behalf of all of us at North Dakota United, I want to thank all of our ESP members for the incredible work they do and the difference they make!