From pupil to principal 1999 graduate to assume leadership role at Citrus High School

Laura Mason has given her all as a school district employee for the past 17 years and has finally received the honor of becoming the principal of her alma mater.

School board members voted March 14 to name Mason as principal of CHS, and she will assume her new position on July 1.

“Being principal at my alma mater is a big deal,” Mason said. “It’s exciting. It’s a special school; traditions are sacred, they run deep in the school’s culture. It has, for me, always been my dream to be a principal.

Obviously, to be a principal at Citrus High School is a dream come true.”

Mason graduated from Citrus in 1999 and started working in the district in 2000. In her career, she has been an aide, kindergarten/first-grade resource teacher, business and reading teacher, assessment specialist, activities director and curriculum assistant principal — all within the Citrus school district.

“I’ve definitely worked my way up,” Mason said.

Mason has also spent an uncountable amount of hours participating in district extracurricular activities.

“I coached cheerleading, was a junior senior class sponsor, graduation chair,” Mason said. “And I did that while I was finishing my master’s degree in educational leadership through the University of Phoenix.”

She has been a force at Citrus High since 2005 and is prepared to influence the next generation of Hurricanes.

“I believe this district puts students first and that’s why I feel so strongly about being part of that leadership team,” Mason said.

“It’s just a great, great school. We have tons of opportunities for our students. There’s something for every child.”

Mason embodies the tradition of CHS pride. Numerous members of her family graduated from Citrus High, and now her children will follow in their (and her) footsteps.

“Both of my parents and seven of my aunts and uncles attended CHS,” Mason said. “My oldest son, who started kindergarten at IPS (Inverness Primary School) when I began my teaching career, will walk across the stage as a 2018 Hurricane graduate, so hopefully he’ll stop and give his principal a great big hug.

“I have two younger children that are also excited to follow suit as Hurricanes.”

Mason is elated to start her next chapter within the district and has already started taking steps to be a highly effective principal.

“It’s an important role,” Mason said. “I think it’s a role to be taken without hesitation and with a great sense of urgency. I have already started planning and meeting with stakeholders to begin working toward our goals.”

Gwen Bittner

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