Watertown’s Jolene Sutton Receives SDEA/NEA’s Educational Support Professional Award


Watertown’s Jolene Sutton
Receives SDEA/NEA’s Educational Support Professional Award

Watertown – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) named Jolene Sutton, an office paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary School in Watertown the 2020 Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year.  Sutton received the award at a school assembly on Education Support Professionals Day during American Education Week. 

“Jolene Sutton is most deserving of this award.  She gives her time, talent and passion to all her students,” said SDEA President Mary McCorkle.  “Jolene strives to be the best she can be, and her focus is always on the needs of students, staff and families.  She makes a difference every day. We are all better because of the commitment Jolene has made to her school.”

Sutton was nominated by Stephanie Hageman, who is a member of the Watertown Education Association. “Jolene performs many roles throughout the Watertown School District, Lincoln Elementary School, and the Watertown Education Association. She juggles all her duties with a smile on her face and is always willing to lend a helping hand, Jolene is a Super Hero for all in the Watertown School District,” wrote Hageman. “Jolene is extraordinarily deserving of the South Dakota Education Association Education Support Professional of the Year.” 

SDEA/NEA’s ESP Award recognizes the contributions of Education Support Professionals (ESPs) to their schools, communities, and their professions. The award is presented to a member of SDEA/NEA who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments and who reflects the contributions of ESP to public education.

SDEA is South Dakota’s largest education professionals’ organization, representing more than 6,000 elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.