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New Sherman teacher has a passion for phys-ed

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Abby Percell is one of 90 new Sherman ISD teachers. (KTEN) Abby Percell is one of 90 new Sherman ISD teachers. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- There will be 90 new educators teaching classes in the Sherman Independent School District later this month.

On Friday, they were welcomed to Texoma with a special luncheon that has become a tradition.

"I was three weeks away from graduating and they'd already offered me a job; it was kind of a no-brainer," said Abby Percell, one of those new teachers. "I am so excited that I get to teach PE all day, and it's going to be three and four-year-olds, which a lot of people are like, 'That is crazy! You have to be insane to want to do that!' But it's going be so much fun."

Percell said although she's a new face at the Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center, she isn't a stranger to Sherman.

"My mom has worked for the school district; I have volunteered with the Special Olympics here for years; so I'm very familiar with the teachers and the community, and it just felt like a good school system," she said.

Percell had a stint as a student teacher in Sherman before accepting the full-time job, and that helped her develop a plan for the coming school year.

"I'm really going to get to build up the program and maybe offer some things that they've never experienced," she said,  adding that she has a passion for physical education and physical fitness.

"If you start at a young age, it's better... it's exciting," Percell said. "You feel better about yourself, and I just hope that I can implement that into these kids... even at the young age that they are."

Sherman students will return to the classrooms on August 15.