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Meet the undocumented immigrant soon to be a Dallas school district’s youngest teacher

Washington Post

June 2, 2016

Washington Post - Melisa Simon doesn’t remember Mexico, the country where she was born. She hasn’t lived there since she was 3, when her parents smuggled her and her two siblings across the Mexico-Texas border and settled in Dallas.

Simon graduated from W.W. Samuell High School, part of the Dallas school district, on Thursday, but the ceremony might not feel like a milestone. She has already obtained her associate's degree through Samuell Early College High School. And, if all goes well, in just another year, she'll have her bachelor's degree and teaching degree through the TechTeach program at Texas Tech University. After that, she'll be put in a classroom for two years — the program partners with school districts around Texas in an effort to place teachers in high-need areas.

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