Education Support Staff Professional of the Year
Nominations for 2021 Education Support Staff Professional of the Year are now open. You may nominate an outsanding support staff professional using the online form between now and 5 p.m. EST on Monday, September 13, 2021.
For additional important 2021 program year dates , please see the 2021 program timeline.
About the Program
Each school community has numerous dedicated professionals who spend their day in support of educators and students. As part of its ongoing commitment to highlighting and recognizing the contributions of individuals across the state who go above and beyond in our schools and districts, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is proud to partner with AFSCME Council 25, the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan and the Michigan Education Association to offer this annual award. Each year, two awardees are named, and these individuals become Michigan's nominees for the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award, coordinated by the United States Department of Education.
2020 Award Winners
Dawn Hendges, Western School District
Hendges is a food and nutrition service worker at Parma Elementary School in the Western School District, where she has worked for 20 Years. Her district leaders explained that during this unprecedented time of the pandemic, Hendges has gone above and beyond for students, ensuring they have high-quality nutritious meals every day and promoting the location of food distribution centers in the district so no student went hungry. The students know their meals were made by a friendly and caring person every day.
Holly Holm, Crawford-Oscoda-Ogemaw-Roscommon Intermediate School District
The press release announcing Hendges and Holm as the 2020 honorees can be found here.
2019 Award Winner
Russ Clark, Rockford Public Schools
Clark retired from General Motors after 32 years and took the suggestion of a friend to start driving school buses. He had worked as a bus driver for 8 years at the time of his selection as the 2019 Education Support Staff Professional of the Year. His duties include transporting primary and secondary special needs students, and he has loved it from the moment he started.
Who Is an Education Support Professional?
Education Support Professionals include, but are not limited to, individuals who work following positions/roles:
For more information about the Education Support Staff Professional of the Year program, please contact Jennifer Robel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 241-7054.