Juneau Proclaimns November 16 Education Support Professionals Day in Billings

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
By Allyson Hagen

Juneau Honors Education Support Professionals in Billings
Proclaims November 16 Education Support Professionals Day

Billings, Mont. – On November 16, while visiting Billings Public Schools, Superintendent Denise Juneau is honoring the secretaries, classroom aides, maintenance people, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and others who provide invaluable services to schools. Juneau will join Deana Elder, President of the Billings Classified Employees Association, at 7:30 am at Riverside Middle School for a celebration with local education support professionals.

The celebration is part of the National Education Association's 90th annual American Education Week taking place November 13-19 and is designed to publicly recognize education support professionals for their outstanding work and dedication to making public schools great for every child.

As part of the celebration, Superintendent Juneau will issue a proclamation declaring November 16, 2011, as "Education Support Professionals Day" in Montana. Education Support Professionals comprise more than 40 percent of the nationwide K-12 workforce.

Stated Superintendent Juneau, "Education support professionals are the people who keep schools running, deliver the students to school and return them home, feed them, keep them safe, and make sure their schools are orderly and clean." She continued, "They are a necessary component to ensuring every child receives a quality education. These support professionals are the unsung heroes of everyday school life."

Superintendent Juneau feels a special connection to education support professionals because both of her paternal grandparents worked as classified school employees, and she began her education career as a classroom aide. Juneau's grandmother was a school cook, and her grandfather was a bus driver and truant officer. 



Superintendent Denise Juneau


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WHEREAS, administrative professionals, classroom instructional aides, maintenance and custodial workers, food service workers, bus drivers, and others play a vital role in the lives of Montana public school students; and

WHEREAS, education support professionals are classified school employees-including paraeducators, clerical assistants, school bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, technicians, school nurses, and security professionals – who provide essential services to Montana's public schools and institutions of higher education; and

WHEREAS, as an integral part of the public education system, classified school employees promote student achievement, ensure student safety, and contribute to the establishment and promotion of a positive instructional environment; and

WHEREAS, classified school employees strive for excellence in all areas relative to the education community; and

WHEREAS, the more than 2,000 Education Support Professionals take care of students every day, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed in school; and

WHEREAS, these individuals epitomize the generosity and community spirit of the people of Montana.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DENISE JUNEAU, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Montana, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2011 as Education Support Professionals Day. I encourage all Montanans to support the vital role of education support professionals in supporting all students in our K-12 public schools.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

sixteenth day of November, in the year two thousand eleven.


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