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. That's why Annette was recently featured in an NJEA ad on BEN-FM.