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August 21, 2018

The Hub - Melisa Simon is starting her first full year of teaching at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School in Pleasant Grove. A graduate of Dallas ISD’s W.W. Samuell Early College High School, she credits that program for a large measure of her success as a first-generation college graduate who is degreed and beginning her career at the age of 20. “I’m looking forward to welcoming my new students. I’m excited and ready to give them all that I can.”

After graduating Samuell Early College and Eastfield with her associate degree, Simon enrolled in the one-year Tech Teach program at Texas Tech University. With the support of a mentor who covered her remaining year of tuition, she was able to graduate debt-free, a circumstance she describes as amazing.

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