NESPA

The Nassau Educational Support Personnel Association

Is an organization of professional support personnel that are dedicated to the education of students in Nassau County Florida.

About Us

Welcome to NESPA

NESPA is an organization of professional support personnel that are dedicated to the education of students in Nassau County, Florida. Serving Fernandina, Yulee, Callahan, Hilliard and Bryceville.

Our members are Bus Drivers, Mechanics, Maintenance workers, Cafeteria workers, Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, Bookkeepers, Custodians and Data Entry Operators.

We are The Nassau Educational Support Personnel Association.

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Our Services

Meet our Officers

Marian Phillips

President

NEA Leaders for Tomorrow Graduate Class of 2010, VP Florida AFL-CIO Exec Brd., 5th Vice President for the North Florida Central Labor Council, Past Vice President NESPA…

Kimberly Mack

Vice President

Kimberly Mack is currently employed with the district as a Non-Instructional Personnel Specialist in the Human Resources Department. She has been with the district since Sept. 2016…

Phyllis Alderman

Secretary Treasurer

My name is Phyllis Alderman. I am currently a Paraprofessional at West Nassau High School as Administrative Assistant to three Guidance Counselors. I have been employed with Nassau County…

Would you like to join NESPA?

How do I become a member?

It is simple, just fill out and sign a membership form. Then give the form to your Site Rep. or Membership chair.

How can I get involved?

Union meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at the Family Education Center in Yulee. You can also join the bargaining team or sign up to be a Site Rep at your work site.

What are some of the benefits to becoming a NESPA member?

  • Once you join, you will automatically have a $10,000.00 no-cost life insurance policy for the first year through the AFT.
  • Professional representation and advocacy in parent complaints, student injury work-related problems, assaults, legal issues, legal defense, and contract enforcement.
  • Discounts through NEA Member Benefits/AFT Plus?Creative Benefits: interest alternatives, low interest credit cards & loans for education, mortgages, personal; car rentals: Auto/homeowners insurance; professional development trainings.

As a member of NESPA, you will be a voice for your future.

Join today!

We, the Support Personnel of Nassau County, are some of the first people children see daily. Did you know Education Support Professionals:

  • live in our school district
  • are active in out community
  • are educated and well trained
  • are dedicated and committed
  • are experienced
  • work to keep our schools and safe
  • car deeply for our students and their successes

Education support professionals are the fastest growing membership group within the national Education Association. Nationwide, there are about one-half million NEA members who are ESPs, making NEA the nation’s largest organization of education support professionals!

More than four outof every 10 public school employees are education support professionals (ESPs) who work together with teachers and administrators to help ensure the basic right of every child to attend great public schools.

Education support professionals perform a variety of jobs that promote quality education, foster positive learning environments, provide nutritious meals, and maintain safe and clean schools for all students. ESP job families include:

maintenance workers, mechanics, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, bookkeepers, secretaries, data entry operators, and cafeteria workers.

Our jobs are important to ensure that the children of Nassau County are well prepared to graduate with a high school diploma.

We are not “just support personnel”, we are Educational Support Professionals. We are NESPA!

NESPA Updates!

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The members of NESPA are made up of Education Support Professionals that work for the Nassau County School Board in the state of Florida.

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Announcement
On May 17, 2024 the North Florida Central Labor Council (NFCLC) held their State, and Local Candidate Endorsements meeting at the IBEW Local 177. All candidates from the North Florida area who are running for political offices were sent invitations by letter, and a questionnaire to fill out if they would like to be considered to be endorsed by the unions.
As a member of the NFCLC I participated in the interviews. Not everyone running replied to the request. However, Nassau County had the highest turnout of all the other counties.
Here are the results:
*Nassau County Clerk of Circuit Courts - Mitchell Keiter received an endorsement.
*Group 5 Nassau County Commissioner - Klynt Farmer received the endorsement.
*Nassau County School Superintendent - Dr. Kathy Knight Burns received the endorsement. Her opponent Curtis Guas did attend but was not endorsed.
*Nassau County School Board District 2 - Yvon R. Joinville was endorsed. Gail Cook who is running for re-election was not endorsed but said if she wins the seat again, she will continue to support all unions, NESPA & NTA as she has always done. Both candidates were pro union.
*Cindy Grooms who is running again for Nassau County School Board with an opponent Kriste Simpkins did not respond for an endorsement.
*Ocean Highway & Port Authority District 2 - Jimmy Dubberly received the endorsement. His opponent Scott Moore attended but was not endorsed.
City of Fernandina Beach Commission Seat 2 Genence Menshew was the only candidate who replied. She received the endorsement. Her opponent David Sturges did not reply. No other City Commission candidates returned the questionnaires.
The State Representative's, Senators and Congress endorsements will not be announced until we meet June 21st at the FL AFL-CIO COPE Convention (endorsing campaign).
At that time, all unions from around Florida will meet to decide on all state & national candidates. As your president, I am also a Vice President for the FL AFL-CIO and sit of the COPE Endorsing Committee.
All endorsements are given much consideration. None are given unless we see that these candidates support working families, and the house of labor.
NESPA has not endorsed a candidate but ask that all of our employees do your research on the candidates. especially those who will be governing our school system. We are in very serious times in public education. Public Education is and has been under attack for sometime. Our Unions have been as well. There are groups that are infiltrating to undermined our school system. These are political attacks, that we can fight back against at the ballot box. Please stay informed. If you have questions ask. If you are not registered to vote, please make sure you register. Thank you for staying informed. Sincerely, President Phillips.
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NESPA MEMBERS
WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL SAFE SUMMER
ENJOY, RELAX and
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!
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No matter what the state brings to take us out, your president Marian Phillips will never back down or give up fighting for our union or any other union. We are one in solidarity!!!
Help by asking someone to join NESPA. WE CAN MEET 60% if everyone asks one person. Our union is strong! We've earned it.
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No matter what the state brings to take us out, your president Marian Phillips will never back down or give up fighting for our union or any other union. We are one in solidarity!!! 
Help by asking someone to join NESPA. WE CAN MEET 60% if everyone asks one person. Our union is strong! Weve earned it.

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
TO ALL OUR NESPA MEMBERS
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 TO ALL OUR NESPA MEMBERS

HAPPY NATIONAL LUNCH HERO DAY
NESPA APPRECIATES ALL OF OUR CAFETERIA WORKERS WHO FEED OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF.
THANK YOU!!!
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IF EACH MEMBER WILL ASK JUST ONE NON-MEMBER TO JOIN
WE WILL BE OVER 60%
I know you have a coworker who isn't a member yet.
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Marian Phillips

President

NEA Leaders for Tomorrow Graduate Class of 2010, VP Florida AFL-CIO Exec Brd., 5th Vice President for the North Florida Central Labor Council, Past Vice President NESPA, Site Rep & Bargaining, Supervisors Secretary of Attendance Nassau County School Board, Nassau County Juvenile Justice Council Chair Circuit 4, Professional Photographer 43 yrs, former PTO President Southside Elementary, Fraternal Order of Eastern Star, Worthy Advisor International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Graduate of Fernandina Beach High School 1979 Reunion Committee Chair, Fernandina Beach Pirates Club, member of Blackrock Baptist Church. Vice President of The Citizens of Public Beaches and Shores. A strong advocate for Public Education, our Non-Institutional Professionals, and Political advocate.

Kimberly Mack

Vice President

Kimberly Mack is currently employed with the district as a Non-Instructional Personnel Specialist in the Human Resources Department. She has been with the district since September 2016. Kimberly has more than 30 years of experience in Human Resources. She has worked in several corporate businesses and as a Civil Servant for the United States Air Force. Kimberly is no stranger to working with unions. While employed with Duval County Schools, she was a site rep for the Duval Teachers Union, served as the secretary for NESPA and was an active member on the bargaining team. Kimberly holds a bachelor’s in science in Supervision and Management, Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) certification and is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. In her free time Kimberly is very involved in community outreach projects with her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; where she serves in her local chapter, as the Executive Board Chairlady. She has a vested interest in our school district as she lives and works in the district and has grandchildren who will soon enter the schools of Nassau County.

Phyllis Alderman

Secretary

My name is Phyllis Alderman. I am currently a Paraprofessional at West Nassau High School as Administrative Assistant to three Guidance Counselors. I have been employed with Nassau County School for the past 20 years. My goals and aspirations are to give my best service of support to our staff, students and to fellow coworkers. One of my greatest achievements is being apart of a strong Union who fought on my behalf when I needed them the most. It is my pleasure to serve as your site rep as well as secretary for NESPA. I look forward to working with our President Marian Philips and other committee members.