Karen Janak Simon was
recently named the 2013-14 Erath High Teacher of the year. The Erath
High 1972 graduate is currently a business teacher at EHS. She
graduated from USL in December 1979.
Her teaching career began
in January of 1980 at Erath Middle, where she replaced Cliff Alleman
who was teaching 8th grade Math. The following school
year Simon replaced the business teacher in Henry on leave and then
moved to Herod as a Special Ed teacher. From there, she taught 7th
grade math at Rene Rost for 2 years followed by a math position at
Erath High. Upon arriving at EHS, she has remained there.
Since her time began
at EHS, she has taught geometry, algebra and business math with a
few vocational subjects. Upon the retirement of long time EHS
business teacher Connie Hebert, Simon then moved into the business
department. Though currently a business teacher however, she still
periodically teaches math too.
Her response upon
learning that she was the EHS Teacher of Year was I love
teaching because it is so rewarding; setting expectations for
students and helping them achieve. I also hope that I have helped to
teach my students some life lessons that have benefited them in
their careers. She ended by saying It
is so rewarding to meet up with former students and have them tell
you that you were a good teacher and you helped to prepare them for
college or vocational school, or helped them graduate from high
Karen Janak Simon is
married to Chuck and has one son Chucky. She also has two
grandchildren, Alexandra who is 7 years old and Lawson who is 9
months old. Simon is the daughter of the late Jim and Angie Janak.