Honoring Education Support Professionals

 

Joni Cederholm
Joan Cederholm, a dedicated educator and passionate activist, is the MTA's 2019 ESP of the Year. She works at the Johnson Early Childhood Center in Weymouth.

Education Support Professionals have a variety of roles in our schools, colleges and universities. ESPs are maintenance, transportation and food service workers. They are custodians, paraprofessionals, classroom aides, secretaries, clerks and assistants. They are trades and craftspeople, technical and health services staff. They keep our students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged so that they will be ready to learn.

Each year, the MTA ESP Committee honors an exceptional MTA member with the ESP of the Year. Nominators are asked to address the nominee's qualifications in the following areas:

MTA ESPs of the Year

Year ESP Local Association
2019 Joan Cederholm
Weymouth Educators' Association
2018 Kathleen Meltsakos
Andover Education Association
2017 Nancy Burke Haverhill Education Association
2016 Saul Ramos Educational Association of Worcester
2015 Michelle Elwell Rockport Educational Support Staff Association
2014 Lois Powers Classified Staff Union, UMass Boston
2013 Diane Barnum Framingham Teachers Association
2012 Lorraine Niccoli Brockton Paraprofessionals Association