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Education Support Professionals

Education Support Professional members take care of our children every day and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed in our schools and classrooms.
ESP Members

For decades, AEA and NEA have championed Education Support Professionals (ESPs), and the efforts to gain full inclusion in the Association, and full recognition as accomplished professionals. Today, nearly 3 million ESPs work in our nation’s public schools and colleges, making up one third of the public education workforce. Of these, approximately a half million are NEA members.

Education Support Professionals strengthen our schools, communities, and associations across the country. ESPs play an important role on the education team and in the lives of students both inside and outside of the classroom. They keep our schools running and our students safe, healthy, and ready to learn every day.

NEA ESPs are represented by 9 career families 

  • Clerical services  
  • Custodial and maintenance services  
  • Food services  
  • Health and student services  
  • Paraeducators  
  • Security services  
  • Skilled trades  
  • Technical services  
  • Transportation services

Key Facts about ESPs

We surveyed ESP members to learn more about their critical roles in the K-12 and higher education workforce. View the data

ESP Professional Growth

We work with ESPs to create learning opportunities and supports for them to elevate their professional excellence throughout their careers. Learn more

Job & Career Security

ESPs need protection from layoffs and privatization, which are threats to the entire school community. Take action

ESP Members of the AEA & NEA Board

Statewide, 3 At-Large elected ESP members make up the AEA Board of Directors responsible for the general policies and interests of the Association. Learn more

Nationally, 25 State and At-Large elected ESP members make up the NEA Board of Directors. Learn more

    ESPs make a positive impact on the lives of students throughout their time in school and beyond.

    Graduation Day

    Nearly three million Education Support Professionals work in America’s schools. They keep students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Learn more about our amazing ESPs at


    Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

    With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the largest professional association for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.