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Mr. McCue


Mr. McCue moved with his family to Clermont, Florida in 1976.  He attended Clermont Elementary School (current site of Cypress Ridge Elementary School) for grades 4 & 5, Clermont Jr. High School (current site of Clermont Elementary School) for grades 6 - 8, and Clermont High School (current site of Clermont Middle School) for grades 9 - 12 and graduated in 1986.

He attended Stetson University, University of Central Florida, and Valencia Community College where he earned his Associate of Arts degree in 1988.  He then attended Florida State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science Education.

After teaching at West Orange High School in school year 1990 -1991, he returned to Lake County Schools to work at South Lake Education Center in Mascotte, Florida.  When South Lake High School opened in 1993 he moved to the high school and taught social studies and coached football, softball, and baseball.  He later became an Occupational Specialist (Career Counselor) and Director of Guidance.  Later, he moved to Citrus County and taught social studies while he attended Saint Leo University to earn his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership in 2003.  He assisted in the opening of East Ridge High School in 2003 and soon joined the administrative team there as an assistant principal.

In 2007, Mr. McCue was appointed as the principal of Cypress Ridge Elementary School where he spent 3 years as that school's leader.  In 2010, Mr. McCue was appointed principal of South Lake High School and served 6 years there.  While at South Lake High School, the school earned its first "B" school rating and two others during his tenure there.

Mr. McCue has garnered the following accolades throughout his career: 
Lake County Social Studies Teacher of the Year 1997
East Ridge High School Teacher of the Year 2004
FLDOE Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Participant 2012
Gold Medallion Finalist- Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award 2013  (Council for Educational Change)
Florida Reading Association's High School Reading Leader of the Year 2013
South Lake Chamber of Commerce “Gem of the Hills” Award- August 2013  

Mr. McCue lives in South Lake County with his wife of 20+ years.  He enjoys spending time with his 3 children and 5 grand children when he is not pursuing his life's passion and purpose to help educators and students to find their passion and purpose in this life and maximize their potential every day.

"Excellence can be achieved if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible."