May 31, 2024

Mount Dora Principal Marlene Straughan Leaving, Announces Transition to Regional Executive Director

1.7 min read| Published On: May 31st, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

Mount Dora Principal Marlene Straughan Leaving, Announces Transition to Regional Executive Director

1.7 min read| Published On: May 31st, 2024|

It is with mixed emotions that Marlene L. Straughan, the principal of Mount Dora High School (MDHS), announces her departure from her current role to assume the position of Regional Executive Director for Region 1. This transition comes after careful thought and consideration, reflecting both a personal and professional milestone for Marlene.

The announcement was posted on the Mount Dora High School Facebook page on Friday. She was the 2024 Lake County Principal of the Year.

Marlene expressed her gratitude and excitement for the new role, while reassuring the MDHS community of her continued presence and support.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to become the Regional Executive Director for Region 1,” she says. “This means that while I won’t be the principal of MDHS, I will certainly still be around, as you will be one of my assigned schools.”

During her tenure at MDHS, Marlene has been an inspiring leader, dedicated to the mission of maintaining the school’s ‘A’ rating. She emphasized that her departure is not a goodbye but a transition to a broader role where she will continue to support MDHS and its mission.

“I will always have a spot in my heart for CANE Country, and I’m excited to continue this journey with you as your regional director,” she says.

Marlene also announced that Mr. Kyle Bracewell will succeed her as the new principal of MDHS. Bracewell, a familiar face within the community, is anticipated to lead the school with the same passion and commitment.

“This will obviously be a very smooth transition as many of you know Kyle and his passion for education,” Marlene said in the letter. “Kyle is eager to lead this amazing school, and I have no doubt he will continue to build upon a solid foundation.”

Expressing deep appreciation for the MDHS community, Marlene conveyed her thanks to students, faculty, staff, and families for their unwavering support.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you to all of you,” she says. “Our students, faculty and staff, Hurricane families, and amazing Mount Dora community have inspired me, motivated me, and supported me for many years.”

Marlene will remain on campus until June 20, before transitioning to her new office at Triangle Elementary in Mount Dora, where she will oversee 13 schools. She looks forward to the opportunities ahead, stating, “I am excited to lead Region 1 and experience the limitless opportunities for Team Lake. We will forever be, ONE TEAM.”

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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography, and video editing. She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and produces Style Magazine's Sports Hub Podcast and the Healthy Living Podcast. She also produces for Beacon College’s Telly Award-winning PBS show, “A World of Difference.” When she isn’t working, Cindy loves traveling the National Parks with her husband , Ryan, and son, David, photographing wildlife.

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