Erica Simon describes her years at Duncanville High School as some of the best times in her life.
“I feel like it’s just a special district,” Simon said.
The 31-year-old spent her entire educational career in Duncanville and has fond memories playing volleyball and softball and being elected president of the high school’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Simon is now an anchor and reporter at ABC-13 in Houston, the eighth largest television market in the United States. She pursued a journalism degree after graduating from Duncanville High School in 2004.
Simon has not forgotten where she came from, and she posted a video on her Twitter feed during a trip to Duncanville during the holidays reminiscing about her memories from Duncanville High School.
“There’s something nostalgic about seeing my old stomping grounds,” Simon said. “I was very blessed to have a great upbringing with great people around me.”
Simon still keeps in contact with several of her favorite high school teachers including a former math teacher and her Student Council sponsor, chemistry teacher David Womack. Social media has made it easier to stay connected following graduation.
“Our friendships extended beyond the classroom,” Simon said. “They genuinely cared about my well-being and next steps. They were always there and supported my career journey.”
Speaking of her career, Simon took a short break from TV a few years ago, came home and her former teachers encouraged her to substitute teach at DHS.
During her stint, Associate Principal Flo Judd, who has been with the district for 40, years mistakenly thought Simon was a student and stopped her in the hallway to tell her that she was not in dress code.
The moment took Simon back to the one time during her high school career that she had to visit with Miss Judd because her skirt was too short. She said, laughing, “We’ve all had ‘Miss Judd’ experiences!”
Simon picked up her reporting career after less than a year away, met her future husband and eventually landed the big job in a top 10 television market.
Simon credits Duncanville ISD with preparing her for success.
“Duncanville is one of the elite academic districts,” Simon said. “The district is big, but the City of Champions is just that. Many of my friends went on to do great things because of the standards that were set.”