Wednesday, November 20, 2019

School Secretary’s Sense of Pride Captures the Spirit of ESP Day

School Secretary’s Sense of Pride Captures the Spirit of ESP Day

School Secretary’s Sense of Pride Captures the Spirit of ESP Day


In September of 1977, Jimmy Carter was President of the United States and the cost of a gallon of regular gas was $0.62. The top song on the charts was “Best of My Love” by The Emotions and the first episode of the long-running hit TV show Love Boat aired on ABC. It was also the start of a new school year and a new job for Mrs. Nila Brown, who has been continually serving as a school secretary in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, for the past 42 years.
“I was so excited to become part of the faculty of the very school I just graduated from,” Brown says. “I felt such a great sense of pride.”
A sense of pride is exactly what has fueled her decades-long career in education, she says: Pride in her students, pride in being an education support professional (ESP) and an integral part of the school staff, and pride in working with a talented group of educators, dedicated parents, and a close-knit community that cares about its children.
“But what I take the most pride in is my ability to help,” Brown says. “I feel important when I can help and it is important.”
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Join NEA and schools across the country as we recognize the amazing ESPs who make a difference in the lives of students both in and out of the classroom. Use our Celebration Toolkit  to get event ideas, templates, sample text and graphics to show your appreciation for ESPs in person and online. Use #WeLoveOurESPs and #AEW2019 to tell us how you’re celebrating, and see how others are showing their appreciation at http://neatoday.org/esp-day/
American Education Week, November 18 to 22, is an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who work in our schools to ensure that every child receives a quality education. Wednesday, November 20, is Education Support Professionals Day and highlights the varied contributions ESPs make in supporting the whole child. This year, as we head into the 40th year of ESP membership in NEA, we are spotlighting Nila Brown’s 40+ years of service as an ESP in the front office.
The role of the school secretary, says Brown, is to support the entire school family – from teachers and bus drivers to custodians and principals, to students, families and community members.
“The school secretary makes it all work,” she says. “We make everything run. We are at the core of it all.”
Brown started her career at Arundel High CONTINUE READING: School Secretary’s Sense of Pride Captures the Spirit of ESP Day

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