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Why Education Support Professionals (ESPs) should be Members

There is a movement happening as ESPs unite! We are continually growing, and making our voices heard!

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When a large group such as the IEA & NEA with strong resources unites for one cause – the results are powerful. Just imagine the power and momentum that will be created with your membership.


Together we stand united to protect, defend, and promote the rights of all members – each person deserves the same equitable consideration. As an IEA member we stand behind you and are there when you need us.


ESPs benefit from many aspects of contract negotiations such as: sick leave, vacation time, fringe benefits, and insurance. As an ESP member, you will be able to have your voice heard at the table through your local union’s negotiating team. With more ESP members, the union is able to team up with the community and influence those that affect your working conditions.

Education Support Professionals

The Classified Staff of a public school district; an average of 40% of the school district employees.

  • Clerical
  • Custodial
  • Food Service
  • Health
  • Security
  • Technical
  • Trades
  • Transportation

Hear what other ESP members say

I joined 25 years ago because I knew that I needed a support team that had my best interests at heart. I love how the association fights for our students and our profession

Kim BermensoloParaprofessional - Bonneville School District

I originally joined for the liability protection. I stayed a member because of all the other great benefits. The IEA has provided me with incredible training, opportunities to make great friends, and validation of the importance of my position. The IEA and NEA have lifted me up, helped me find my voice, and unveiled my true potential. I love being a part of the IEA.

Jessica VickersParaprofessional - Boundary County School District

“I joined for the protection and liability. I became an active member so that I have a voice for myself and my ESP co-workers.

Dave LymanParaprofessional - Vallivue School District

I became a member because the IEA is a professional organization for educators, including ESPs. They are the voice of education

Frances GallowayParaprofessional - W. Shoshone School District

As a member of the IEA, I’m given a platform to voice my concerns and seek support from my colleagues.

Christine RonanParaprofessional

The IEA offers Professional Development exclusively for ESPs around the state.

  • As an IEA member you can be involved and get to know other members in your district as well as the surrounding school districts.
  • There are opportunities in which to engage, such as: Retreats, conferences, Summer Institute and Delegate Assembly.
  • You will have the opportunity to collaborate and build friendships, as well as become highly qualified in your profession.

How much does it cost to join?

Your monthly membership dues are determined by the colleagues you elect to represent you at the IEA Delegate Assembly.

Your association membership is 100% voluntary and your dues and various grants from the National Education Association are used each year to carry out the mission of the IEA.

The monthly dues vary for each Local in the state, but a full-time ESP member pays about $30 per month.