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Description: Annette Ruch is NJEA’s 2013 Education Support Professional of the Year. She’s been a paraprofessional in the Toms River Public Schools for 20 years. NJEA ESP members are not just an integral part of the school community, but play a key role in their cities and towns. After Hurricane Sandy, Annette’s school became a shelter. The school staff jumped in to help. She helped organize the adopt a bus driver/bus aide program to help those that lost everything. She and her colleagues collected donations and helped the community get back on its feet.