Park City School District Human Resources Coordinator Veronica Claridge has been named the Utah School Employees Association’s 2020 Educational Support Professional of the Year. She was awarded the honor during a surprise district office luncheon on Friday. Members of the district administration along with leaders from both the Utah School Employees Association (USEA) and the Park City Classified Employees Association (PCCEA) joined in celebrating Claridge’s contributions to public education. This is the second year in a row a PCSD employee has won this state honor.
Education support professionals (ESP) are the support staff — clerical services, custodial and maintenance, food services, health and student services, paraeducators, security services, skilled trade services, technical services and transportation services — who work tirelessly to ensure students are healthy, safe, engaged, challenged and supported.
As the winner of USEA’s award, Claridge will be Utah’s nominee for the National Education Association’s ESP of the Year. She will attend the national conference and awards event this Spring in New Orleans. She will also travel throughout the state to meet members, raise awareness of ESP issues and advocate on their behalf.
Claridge has been with Park City School District since 1999. In addition to her work in Human Resources, she has also been the head secretary at McPolin Elementary, and an administrative assistant for Student Services.
“I am honored to be named the Outstanding Education Support Professional of the Year for the State of Utah,” said the mother of three. “I work with several outstanding ESPs and am humbled to even have been considered. It is my hope that I will represent Park City School District as well as the State of Utah well at the national level.”