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Until voters recognize what ESP do every day to help their children succeed, they will continue to be under appreciated, underpaid, and over worked. Our hope is that through education, people will come to better understand the crucial role ESP play in the lives of their children and be willing to give them the pay and benefits ESP deserve.

We are asking you and you members to tell us your priorities, your stories, what you face every day in your schools, and what message you want us to deliver to the public to educate voters. This feedback will guide us in making this campaign a success.


ESP Educate and Elevate Survey

Your Partner. Your Advocate. Your Association.
Our public schools are communities. And we know that our students will not succeed without the hard work performed by all education employees regardless of one’s job description or title.

NEA-NH believes that our ESP members have for too long been underappreciated for the work they do for their students. Your input will help us change that.


Education Support Professionals Issues Committee

Composed of eleven NEA-NH members, the ESP Committee’s job is to advise the President and Executive Board of ESP concerns and issues.  Please let us know what concerns, issues, questions, and information you want us to bring to the governance of NEA-NH.  We want to hear from you! 

The ESP Committee meets monthly and provides reports to the NEA-NH Executive Board.  Contact the Committee by e-mailing or calling our staff liaison, Nicole Argraves at nargraves@nhnea.org or at 603-593-0088.

ESP: History and Background

Education Support Professionals: An essential part of One Education Workforce
In early 2009, Education Support Professional (ESP) membership in the National Education Association topped half a million, reflecting a 3200% growth since we gained full membership status in 1980.

Education Support Professionals were first recognized as Association members in 1967, when “Educational Secretaries” received membership. A category for “Auxiliary Personnel,” or paraprofessionals, was added in 1972. “Educational Support Personnel”—encompassing all non-teaching education employees— was established as a separate membership category in 1980. ESP won a position on the NEA Board of Directors in 1983, and we continued to expand our representation in governance throughout the 1980s.

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NEA-NH Joins Veterans Day Outreach Effort

This Veterans Day the White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center would like to connect with those in Vermont and New Hampshire who have served. “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is requesting your assistance in reaching veterans in your community. As part of celebrating Veterans Day 11/11/19 we are trying to make contact with as many veterans as possible throughout the region and offer them healthcare and other ancillary services,” said Becky Rhoads, Au. D, Associate Medical Center Director. “We would like to say thank you and have

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NEA Member Benefits November News

Thanksgiving is coming and everyone needs a break. You have survived the first quarter of the year, but are now being bombarded by preparations for the upcoming Holidays—shopping for gifts, for dinner, and for all the guests coming to stay. Your hands would be full even without having to worry about classroom demands and cold and flu season—if only you had more time! Luckily, we can help you at NEAMB.com with resources for shopping and discounts, ideas for entertaining, hassle-free holidays and even help with your upcoming student loan payments!

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FMLA Benefit Now Available to Education Support Professionals

“In December of 2006 tragedy hit my family. My husband was diagnosed with a rare advanced cancer and he required immediate surgery and would undergo intense chemotherapy in Lebanon over the next year. During this time I was able to use the sick time I had accrued to care for him after the surgery and take him to his biweekly appointments.” That is how her testimony to the Senate Committee began. In 2014, NEA-NH Executive Board Member Melissa Alexander started working on a crusade to ensure no other education professional

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NEA-NH Announces Fall Retirement Planning Seminar Schedule

NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits offer useful information to help you plan your retirement. Don’t miss this event! Learn what you need in order to retire with peace of mind! NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits are pleased to present these retirement seminars to help you plan for your retirement. These seminars are ideal for those who are 2-5 years (or more) from retirement. We will review many of the pieces of the retirement puzzle, including:  NH Retirement System Healthcare and Medicare Financial Planning Options NEA Member Benefits for Retirees

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