What is GESSA?

The Garland Educational Support Staff Association works to improve the standards of the group through study and professional growth, to promote fellowship, to increase interest in school and community relationships and to render more efficient service to our schools. The group was organized in September 1974 with a membership of 34 support service employees. To date membership is approximately 413. Our organization provides scholarships to graduating seniors at each of the high schools as well as the Garland Evening School. If funds allow, active support staff employees interested in furthering their education are also chosen to receive a scholarship. Membership is open to any support staff employee in the Garland Independent School District until October 15 each year. Dues are set by the Executive Committee.

GESSA Purpose

To improve the standards of the group through study and professional growth, to promote fellowship, to increase interest in school and community relationships. and to render a finer and more efficient service to our schools.

GESSA Mission

Have a paraprofessional and support staff in the Garland Independent School District that enhances the district, 
In a way that:
Communicates effectively to and for the organization; promotes a positive atmosphere within the membership; enlists principal/administrative support through newsletters, building representatives, services provided to the membership; enhances training to include relevant programs and mentoring opportunities; and provides opportunities for service to others,
So that:
GESSA. Helps to create a better work environment; a stronger support system for members; and camaraderie in the organization, resulting in improved student learning throughout the district.

Important documents

Officers and Committees

PresidentJuliana HolmesTechnology/Help Desk
Box 803
Vice PresidentDiana RodriguezTransportation/Transportation Specialist
Box 506
SecretaryJoAnn Casey

Asst. Supt. - Student Services/Community Relations

Box 127

TreasurerBrenda BernalPayroll/Receptionist
Box 108
Bosses DinnerCindell & Beverly 
FundraisingEdna VillanuevaSam Houston/Aide SpEd CBSE
Box 305
HospitalityPetra CardosoStudent Services Center
MembershipBeverly RogersSecretary to Director/RAAD
Newsletter/YearbookCindel AndersonSecretary to Principal/Handley
STEM CoordinatorOPEN 
Admin LiaisonJohn WashingtonAssistant Superintendent of Student Services & Comminity Relations
Box 127
Admin LiaisonDr. Doug BrubakerAssociate Superintendent of Administration
Box 133

STEM Program

Staff Training for Effective Management (STEM) is a professional development program designed for educational support personnel. The STEM program is sponsored by the Texas Educational Support Staff Association, Inc. (TESA). The program was developed in cooperation with the Texas Education Agency, Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Public Community/Junior College Association, University of Texas, and other professional educational associations. The original program was funded through an ECIA, Chapter 2, Section 577 grant.

Program Structure STEM is a three-phase program designed to enhance technical and job-specific skills for educational support personnel. Sessions are hosted by local school districts, colleges, and educational service centers. Certificates of attendance are presented at the end of each STEM session. The TESA Central Office cannot maintain STEM records for nonmembers. While the program is designed to establish a firm foundation of information and to continue to build on that foundation, participants may take the classes in any order and progress toward Certified Educational Office Professional (CEOP) certification.

GISD compensates full-time paraprofessionals who attain their CEOP certification with a stipend of $600 a year (paid monthly), beginning the first check of the next contract year, and for each subsequent year they meet recertification requirements. For more information go to the TESA website and click on “Staff Training for Effective Management”, or contact the current GESSA STEM representative.

Texas Educational Support Staff Association (TESA) Website

National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP) website

GESSA Calendar

All GESSA General Meetings will be held in the Transportation meeting room at the Technology Building. The meetings will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

The meetings are now listed in Sched and ready for registration.

Date / TimeTopicSpeaker

Oct 18, 2016

HR Basics/STEMDr. Ronald Ritchie 

Nov 10, 2016



Feb 23, 2017

Election of nominating committee 

Mar 23, 2017

Election of 2017-2018 Officers 

May 16, 2017

Installation of 2017-2018 Officers