Beverly Dillard gets joy out of seeing children succeed. "To see my students prosper, and when that light goes off and they learn something and it becomes a part of them for the very first time and they're able to use it," says Beverly Dillard, a hometown hero. Dillard says she knew from a young age that she wanted to dedicate her life to making an impact on children. Recently retired, She spent nearly 25 years as an educator at Warren East Middle School, first as a teacher and later as a principal. Her colleagues say she was the only African American Administrator in Warren County for the past ten years and was a role model for students. "She's that one piece of living history that the children of color could respond to," says Vetria Anthony, a teacher at Warren East Middle School. Dillard not only held special events for Black History Month, but organized an African American history club at the school to teach students about the culture. Teachers at the school say she had a special way with children. "She's very good at watching students and what's going on with them in their everyday situations, and going up to them and asking them what's going on," says Stephanie Dennehy, a teacher at Warren East Middle School. They also say she treated students, faculty, and staff as if they were family. "She expects for us to handle our classrooms as if the children were our own and that's exactly the way she handles us.Whenever Ms. Dillard talked to us about anything, it's just like talking to your own mother," says Anthony. "She just loves everyone that she's with and is very concerned about them and tries to do what's best for all of us," added Sharon Collins, another teacher at Warren East Middle School. "This is a big family and she is the matriarch of the family," says Rose Adger, a teacher at Warren East Middle School. But while Dillard will be missed by her colleagues, she says she will still be around. "I will be doing things in the community with young people, they are my passion," says Dillard. Dillard also won numerous awards during her time as an educator. Twice she won the "Woman of Distinction in Education Award," which was presented by the Human Tights Commission. If you know someone who is a hometown hero, head over to the community tab here on the website to nominate them. For her longtime dedication to the students and staff at Warren East Middle, we honor Beverly Dillard as this week's Hometown Hero.