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Nominations Open for Education Support Staff Professional Award

September 16, 2019

LANSING – Each school community has numerous dedicated professionals who spend their day in support of educators and students. The Michigan Department of Education will begin accepting nominations of outstanding educational support staff members for the Education Support Staff Professional of the Year program.

Anyone working in educational support staff roles such as transportation workers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff, skilled trades staff, maintenance, secretarial and administrative assistants, security guards, and paraprofessionals are eligible to be considered for the award.

“Education support staff greatly contribute to the success of our students and schools – ensuring students arrive at school safely; that they are fed; that their schools are clean; and that they have assistance in classrooms,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “It is important to recognize our education support staff professionals and value their contributions to student success.”

Nominations can be made using the online form between now and Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Reviewers will evaluate each recommendation with the awardee announced in November 2019. For more information about the Education Support Staff Professional of the Year program, please contact Jennifer Robel at or (517) 241-7054.