The 2017 NEA ESP of the Year is Saul Ramos from Worcester, Massachusetts. He is an eighteen year veteran paraeducator who works at Burncoat High School. Saul learned Braille so that he could help a blind student in kindergarten. He stayed with that student for twelve years until graduation. He is also actively involved in advocating for the arts and culture in his community. He founded a nonprofit arts organization, Arte Latino of New England, that successfully brings the arts, theater and culture to local communities in many states. He has also worked with libraries, students, schools, universities, and other organizations to bring free courses and free books to families in his community.
His nominator described him as “being looked up to as an educational leader for his commitment to his field. He has enhanced the image of the ESPs in his school and in his community. He often speaks about—and is, in fact, the symbol of – just how essential ESPs are in meeting the needs of the whole student.”
The National Teachers Hall of Fame is pleased and honored to recognize SAUL RAMOS as the 2017 Education Support Professional of the Year.