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Gary Locuson

Dear Bobcat Families,

It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Sawgrass Bay Elementary School and to join this extraordinary school community. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each and every day while providing them a world-class learning environment.

As I begin my journey at Sawgrass Bay, I come to you as a seasoned Lake County educator and leader, in addition to my role as an educator, I am first and foremost a father and husband. My wife, Brittany and I have been married for 10 years and we have four beautiful children. My daughter Charlotte begins third grade, my son Clayton begins second grade, and my identical twin boys Corbin and Camden will be turning  4 years old in September. I look forward to introducing my family to the many wonderful people that call Sawgrass Bay “home” in the near future.

The 2024-2025 school year will mark my 12th year in education. Since graduating from the University of Central Florida, I have served the Lake County community as a teacher assistant, teacher, dean, and assistant principal. Although I have always felt at home in the classroom, it is in my position as a building leader where I have been most fulfilled in my life’s work. As I shift to my role as the principal, I will bring all these experiences with me as I partner with each of you to ensure your child’s success. The elementary principalship provides me the chance to work collaboratively with teachers on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to young students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and become leaders in their community.

As the principal of Sawgrass Bay School (SBE), I would like to welcome you to our school, home of the Bobcats! I believe that ALL students can achieve high levels of success through goals setting, hard work, and perseverance. The staff at Sawgrass Bay is committed to setting high academic standards for our students while providing a nurturing environment that encourages curiosity and a love for learning. These standards help to instill confidence and a work ethic that will follow our students to middle school, high school, and beyond.

I want to emphasize that my door is always open to you. I warmly welcome your conversations and valuable input throughout the school year. Let us continue to make our students the central focus of all our efforts. I eagerly anticipate celebrating our collective achievements during the upcoming school year.