Education Support Professional of the Year

Education Minnesota has named Yasmin Muridi, a bilingual family liaison at Four Seasons A+ Elementary School in St. Paul, as the 2019-20 Education Minnesota Education Support Professional of the Year.

While there is no “typical day” for her, Muridi says every morning she checks in with her students to make sure they made it to school and are doing well. She always has her phone with her, as she receives calls from parents at all hours of the day and night.

She has helped parents find the urgent care clinic closest to their home, coordinate transportation, and works to build the bridge between home and school.

“This fulfills my life to see parents have the right resources,” Muridi said. “I connect them with what they need, but then I also help them be independent and be an advocate for their kids.”

“We can do our best teaching when we know Yasmin is there with us,” said Holly Magner, a science teacher at Four Seasons. “She has the bond and respect in the community. She is a partner in their education. They will learn more and feel a part of this community in the school, because she cares and will build that bridge.”

Muridi will receive a $1,000 honorarium and an iPad, plus an expense-paid trip to the NEA Education Support Professional National Conference.

All current Education Minnesota education support professionals who have been members for three years as of Aug. 31 of the award year are eligible. Individuals can be nominated by anyone associated with Minnesota schools by submitting a one-page nomination form.

Nominations for the 2020 ESP of the Year open on July 29.