Albarado to become county's DARE officer
With a brother teaching in New Richmond and a sister who works with youth in Red Wing, Steve Albarado's interest isn't surprising.
"I've always enjoyed working with youth," the 14-year Pierce County Sheriff's Department veteran said. "I prefer the elementary because the children are so impressionable and listen to every word you're saying."
Albarado will get his chance to work with elementary kids when he steps into the county's Drug Abuse Resistance Education position in October.
"For as long as I've been employed here, I hoped that my career would take me to the D.A.R.E. position," he said.
D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program aimed to give kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs and violence. It started in 1983 in Los Angeles, and is currently in 80 percent of the nation's school districts. In Pierce County, it's taught at kindergarten through grade 5.
Albarado, a 1987 Ellsworth High School graduate, tried for the position in 2010 and was a finalist along with Nancy Ortwerth Hove. Albarado said the timing didn't work back then due to family matters, so he stepped aside. This time, everything felt right.
"It couldn't have come at a better time," Albarado said about the recent opening. He and wife Jennifer live in Hager City and are the parents of 8-year-old Mitchell and 2-month-old Gabriel.
For more please read the May 21 print version of the Herald.