Every school community in Oregon is comprised of dedicated professionals who spend their day in support of students and educators. The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is proud to facilitate the Oregon Education Support Professional of the Year award. This award honors the contributions of individuals across the state who provide exemplary support of Oregon’s most valuable resource: our students.
Education Support Professionals (ESP) work together with teachers and administrators in Oregon public schools to perform a variety of jobs promoting quality education, fostering positive learning environments, offering nutritious meals, providing reliable transportation, and maintaining safe and clean schools for all students.
The primary ESP job families include:
Professionals nominated for Education Support Professional of the Year must be currently employed by an Oregon public prekindergarten program or K-12 school or school district within the definition of an ESP in Oregon.
Nominees should embody the following core values:
Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Education Support Professional will receive a gift award of $5,000. They will also receive a plaque and banner to commemorate this significant achievement.
Nominations for the 2022 Oregon Education Support Professional of the Year are open now through early January 2022. The winner will be announced via a surprise event in April 2022.
Learn more about the 2022 Oregon Education Support Professional of the Year, Melinda Torres.