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Local D.A.R.E. educator has been teaching for 20 years

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Through the D.A.R.E. Program, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy has been changing the lives of kids one year at a time.

Deputy Karla Barron has spent 20 years at the head of the class teaching D.A.R.E. and each year she graduates her students as they complete the program.

"Time flies fast and a lot of people ask 'Do you get tired of it?' But, every year you get a new batch of kids and I tell them I look for them to teach me," she says.

Deputy Barron says students teach her what's going on with social media and in their neighborhoods.  From there, she says she teaches them how to avoid those negative influences.

Her positive impact hasn't gone unnoticed.

"She's doing it now with the same enthusiasm she did 20 years ago," says Sheriff Mitch Woods.

As a surprise, Sheriff Woods, along with other representatives from the Sheriff's Office, presented Deputy Barron with an award at the Central Middle School D.A.R.E graduation.

"She's reached a point in her career now where she has taught dare to the children of some of her former students," says Sheriff Woods.

The D.A.R.E teacher isn't done yet. With many years under her belt, she tells 12News she has more teaching to do.

"My goal is 30 years at the Sheriff's Department and then I'll retire," she says.

If you would like to nominate someone for our "What's Right in Southeast Texas" segment, email Vanessa at 12News@KBMT12.com.

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