Dave Lyman: Edythe Crowe Award Winner
After 20 years in the United States Coast Guard, Dave Lyman embarked on a new career as a professional educator, and brought the same dedication to students and the IEA that he did to his service on behalf of our country. That dedication was formally recognized at the 2016 Delegate Assembly, when Dave received the Edythe Crowe Award as the IEA’s ESP of the Year.
Dave has done exemplary work in the extended resource room at Lakevue Elementary School in the Vallivue School District, where he works with moderate to severe special needs students in grades K-5. He has also taken on extra duties in classroom technology and has built plexiglass boards and other helpful items for the classroom.
IEA membership means a great deal to Dave. He has served as a building representative since 2012, and has overseen substantial growth at Lakevue Elementary. He has also added duties as the vice president of the VEA and Region 8. “We can be proud of the fact that we belong to an organization that advocates for all in education, from the students to the certified and the Education Support Professionals,” Dave says.
ESP Conference Update
During the second week of March, six ESPs from Idaho ventured to Orlando for the 25th annual NEA ESP Conference. Pre-session workshops attended included: ESP Leadership, Bullying Prevention, and Para Power. Over the next few days the ESPs choose workshops that built around the foundation of “uniting, inspiring, and leading for the whole student”. The conference featured a premier professional development opportunity, with three world-renowned education and child development experts in an extensive panel discussion regarding ESPs and educating the whole student.
There will be a session strand specifically for ESPs at the IEA Summer Institute in July. Space is limited, so register today. Four of the ESPs who attended the national conference will be presenting at Summer Institute.
- Stacie Aspiazu-Johnson will have a session about ESP recruitment and rights
- Angie Arnette will have a session called Para Power
- Katie Weise and Bree Wildman will lead a session about bullying prevention
IEA ESP membership has increased by more the 100 over the past seven months. A warm welcome to all of our new colleagues, and thanks to the hard working ESPs who have helped us grow. The best is yet to come.