Juneau Proclaims November 18 as Education Support Professionals Day
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
by Jessica Rhoades
Helena, Mont. – Today Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau issued a proclamation declaring November 18 as "Education Support Professionals Day" in Montana. During this year's American Education Week—November 15–21, 2009—Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau joins millions of educators, parents, students, and community leaders in raising awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education.
Superintendent Juneau feels a special connection to education support professionals because both of her paternal grandparents worked as classified school employees. Juneau's grandmother was a school cook and her grandfather was a bus driver and truant officer.
THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Superintendent Denise Juneau
EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS DAY
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BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
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, custodians, school nurses, and security professionals – who provide essential services to America'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 18, 2009 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
eighteenth day of November, in the year two thousand nine.
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Denise Juneau, Superintendent