TSTA 142nd House of Delegates Opening Ceremony April 24, 2021, 3:00 pm CT

TSTA/NEA is committed to achieving a great public school for every child.

#TeamTSTA Standing Strong Together, Making a Difference!

Welcome & Land Invocation

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem

Thought of the Day

NEA Secretary-Treasurer

TSTA Individual Awards

  • 2021 Ermalee Boice Instructional Advocacy Award
  • 2021 NEA ESP of the Year
  • 2020-2021 Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year
  • School Bell Awards
  • Pride in Communication Awards
  • Leaders for Tomorrow Award

Early Career Educator and Emerging Leader Recognition

In Memoriam & Moment of Silence

TSTA Local Membership Awards

2021-2022 Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year

Closing Remarks


Noel Candelaria

Noel Candelaria is the Immediate Past President of the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), the state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA). Prior to his election as TSTA President, Noel served three years as TSTA Vice President after a distinguished tenure as President of the Ysleta Teachers Association (YTA) in El Paso, Texas, where he worked as a Teacher’s Aide and Special Education Teacher in the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD), teaching subjects ranging from Algebra to World History.

Noel and his wife Patty, who is a National Board-Certified teacher, are tireless advocates committed to the success of every student in their community, across Texas, and the nation. Throughout his career, Noel has emphasized the importance of relationships built on trust – in the classroom, the community and the political arena. He believes our public schools should provide every student the best opportunity to fulfill their individual potential. As TSTA President, Noel worked with members and local leaders across the state daily to create the best possible learning environment for our students and working environment for our educators.

At the national level, Noel has worked with the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) and while acting as the chair of the Memorial to Fallen Educators, legislation was passed to designate the monument as a National Memorial site. Noel is currently the Treasurer of the NTHF. Noel was also elected by his fellow state presidents to lead the National Council of State Education Associations (NCSEA) and served as NCSEA President this past year.

Noel has been appointed to be a part of multiple national committees and task forces including the NEA Human and Civil Rights Committee and the NEA Member Benefits Corporation Board. He has also been asked to be a speaker at several national conferences on various topics including Racial and Social Justice, classroom management, and creating high quality association leaders. As a son of hard-working immigrants growing up in his beloved home town of El Paso, the importance of education and the opportunities that a quality public education can provide were core values instilled in him.  Noel is grateful and honored to be an advocate for students and educators in the meaningful work of ensuring those opportunities are always available for others.

2021 NEA ESP of the Year

Kimberly Scott-Hayden, Member of New Jersey Education Association

Kimberly Scott-Hayden is an inventory control clerk who also assists the supervisor of Security Services at East Orange Public Schools and is the president of the East Orange Maintenance Association in New Jersey. Scott-Hayden, who is also the 2021 Essex County ESP of the Year, the NJEA ESP of the Year, and the NEA ESP of the Year, began working in East Orange on her birthday, Dec. 18, 1995. The child of two employees of East Orange Public Schools and a proud graduate of the district, Scott-Hayden felt there was no better way to give back than to dedicate her professional life to the students of East Orange.

Since becoming president of her local association, Scott-Hayden has grown its membership from 40 to 400. Her unit now represents maintenance, security guards, teaching assistants and paraprofessionals. She has also served as an officer with the Essex County Education Association, served on the NJEA Delegate Assembly and the NJEA Executive Committee, and is currently an NEA Director.

As chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee, Scott-Hayden was instrumental in the combining of seven committees to form the NJEA Equity Alliance. She has also led the annual Human and Civil Rights Celebration as the culminating event of our Equity Alliance Weekend, which provides workshops and discussions around equity, diversity and inclusion.

During the pandemic, Scott-Hayden has been delivering meals to students and families and helping the school resource officers with safe after school programming. She continues to work with the Division of Security assigning staff and issuing payroll.  In her community, she helped set up centers to give meals to front line providers working in the hospitals. She raised money, supplementing wither own donations, to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies for the frontline and for her members. The only time Scott-Hayden has stopped to take a breath, was the day she donated a kidney to her husband, a perfect match. Helping others is the only way she knows how to work. Kimberly Scott-Hayden is a tireless activist and advocate for her union and public education.