Rob McCue, Principal at South Lake High, was recently honored as the Florida Reading Association’s High School Reading Leader of the Year.
The award acknowledges educators for their commitment to literacy among all students, and for the ability to foster excellence in literacy education. McCue was presented the award last month at the Florida Reading Association’s 50th Annual Conference at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
“Together the community and school are building a framework for our students to succeed and be empowered with the 21st century skills necessary to be competitive in a global economy,” McCue said. “Our reading initiatives are the cornerstone upon which our entire program is built to produce the results that will make our students college and career ready.”
To be nominated for a Reading Leader of the Year honor, McCue had to meet the following criteria:
· Made a positive impact on student reading
· Applied innovative reading techniques in a classroom setting
· Promoted reading outside the school
· Advanced study in reading (college courses and/or in-service workshops)
McCue’s award was made possible by glowing nomination letters from two South Lake High staffers: Susan Dupree, Literacy Coach, and Kate Austin, School Testing Specialist.
Dupree wrote in her recommendation, “A comprehensive approach to embrace reading skills and instruction in all classes is constantly supported. In the course of the school year, Mr. McCue has supported the Superintendent’s Reading Challenge, created the ‘Principal’s New Year’s Challenge’ with reading and physical activity for 30 minutes per day for 30 days, honored students’ academic growth and recognized systematic instruction of academic vocabulary.”
Austin penned in her letter, “Mr. McCue creates an atmosphere that nurtures lifelong learning and reading for both students and staff. For our 2011-2012 staff development focus, Mr. McCue selected the book Readicide. Many of our professional development sessions centered on the concepts in this book including creating lifelong readers, instructional support for difficult texts and reading for enjoyment. By fostering the importance of reading in his staff, Mr. McCue creates an environment where our passion for reading is part of the school culture.”