Sacopee Valley Middle School Ed Tech III Among the Finalists for Award

Students, educators and community members in MSAD 55 will join their peers across the country to celebrate the National Education Association’s (NEA) highest recognition for education support professionals (ESPs): the NEA ESP of the Year.

ESPs are the education technicians who provide extra support for our most vulnerable students. They are the bus drivers who get our students to school safely. They are the custodians who keep our school buildings and grounds clean, the cafeteria workers who ensure our school communities are fed, and so much more. They are essential members of the educational team who work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs.

Kim Hubbard, an Ed Tech III at Sacopee Valley Middle School, is one of 38 education support professionals nationwide who is a finalist for the distinguished honor.

“Kim is an outstanding educator who is deeply devoted to her students, her school community, and the other educators in her school district. She works tirelessly to advocate for the schools our students deserve and the Maine Education Association is extremely proud of her,” said Grace Leavitt, President of MEA.

The NEA ESP of the Year serves as an ambassador for ESPs across the country, promoting the value of ESP members at local, state and national events. While the award is presented to one outstanding ESP each year, it also acknowledges the contributions that all ESPs make towards ensuring great public schools for every student.

WHO: National Education Association, Maine Education Association

WHAT: Join the Maine Education Association as we celebrate our state nominee for NEA’s ESP of the Year award, Kim Hubbard, and find out the recipient of the 2023 NEA ESP of the Year!

WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 2023, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PDT (ESP Conference, with awards banquet, is on the West Coast, please note the time zone)

WHERE: Online via livestream (Open to the public).Access the event at on March 25.

For more information on the NEA ESP of the Year Award program, including a complete list of the 2023 NEA ESP of the Year nominees and their pictures, visit


The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, specialized instructional support personnel, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Learn more at The Maine Education Association is the state affiliate of the NEA with nearly 24,000 members.

ESPs are categorized into nine career families: education technicians (I,II,III); clerical services; custodial services; skilled trades; technical services; security services; transportation services; food services; and health and student services. Learn more at