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John Day of King George Named ESP of the Year

John Day, a school bus driver in King George County, was recently named the VEA's 2011 Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year. Day founded the Driver Leadership Council (DLC) to advocate for the rights of his colleagues. The DLC has become an effective force for improving the working conditions of King George drivers and driver’s aides.

As a result, Day was asked to speak at the VEA’s statewide ESP conference last year and at a meeting of Hanover County drivers, and took part in a recent recruitment effort in Fairfax County. His efforts have added 30 new members to the King George Education Association. He also serves on the VEA’s ESP Committee.

In accepting the award at the VEA convention in Roanoke, Day said VEA helped to teach him the skills to advocate.

“The VEA taught us by giving us the tools to help ourselves, and we learned how to tackle our issues and are now leading the way,” he said.

Photo: Day receives award from Dr. Kitty Boitnott, VEA president.



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