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New Sherman teachers psyched for school year

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Sory Elementary teacher Lexi Danner gets ready for her first day. (KTEN) Sory Elementary teacher Lexi Danner gets ready for her first day. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Wednesday is a big day for kids and parents in Sherman... the first day of school.

It's also the debut for 87 new teachers in the Sherman Elementary School District, one of the smallest numbers they've seen in years.

Administrators credit the stability to strong recruiting efforts. They say the new group of educators brings 576 years of experience to the district, men and women who come from a lot of different backgrounds.

Take Sherman High School teacher Jeff Chancellor, for instance. Before his teaching career started, he served in the military. He said he was fighting for the youth, and his journey led him to teaching.

"Getting out of the military, I really wanted to give back and contribute to our communities -- and definitely the younger generation -- to teach," he said.

This will be his eighth year at the blackboard, but his first year in Sherman.

"Really, really excited about just being a new teacher here in Sherman ISD, being a part of such a rich tradition, but also starting new things, new programs, and keeping those great traditions that have always made Sherman great."

Lexi Danner has a different story. She has experience with Sherman ISD, but not as a teacher.

"I have three generations here; my grandma works at central office in Sherman ISD; both my parents are teachers; and me and my siblings all went to Sherman schools," she said.

Danner went to kindergarten through 12th grade in Sherman. She said it's in her DNA.

And for her first teaching job, fresh out of college, she wanted to come back to Sherman at Story Elementary School. 

"I think it's important that people stay around in Sherman, because then it's like a home and it's like a family because everyone is still here and involved in everybody's lives," she said.

Although both these new teachers arrived on different paths, both say Sherman ISD is the place to be.

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