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Education Support Professional of the Year

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Every year, Education Minnesota honors an education support professional (ESP) with our ESP of the Year Award.

2023-24 ESP of the Year Darci Brown

Darci Brown, a school bus driver for St. Francis Public Schools, is the 2023-24 ESP of the Year.

Selection process

All current Education Minnesota education support professionals who have been members for three years as of Aug. 31 of the award year are eligible. Individuals can be nominated by anyone associated with Minnesota schools.

While education support professional job categories often vary from district to district, some examples can include paraprofessional/education assistant, secretarial/clerical, custodial, food service, maintenance and trades, transportation, grounds keeping, security, technology services, health services and others.

The winner receives a $1,200 honorarium and their choice of a Chromebook, iPad or other tablet, plus an expense-paid trip to the NEA Education Support Professional National Conference.

Education Minnesota has honored ESPs with this statewide award since 2007.