BLUE EARTH - Al Cue is certainly not new to Blue Earth Area Schools, but he will have a new job come fall.
Cue will move from being a sixth-grade teacher to handling the assistant principal duties for K-8.
"I was very happy teaching, but it's exciting taking on a new venture," Cue said.
NEW?TEAM — Al Cue and Melissa McGuire are collaborating on plans for Blue Earth Area grades K-8. Cue, a sixth-grade teacher who has been with the district for 29 years, recently was named assistant principal. McGuire is principal.
Cue was jobless and attending his five-year high school class reunion in southwest Iowa when a former classmate told him Winnebago was looking for a teacher. Cue began working there in 1983.
"I didn't know how long I'd stay, and here I am," he said.
Over the past 29 years, Cue has taught fourth, fifth and sixth grade, going through the consolidation with Blue Earth. His classroom was in Winnebago until six years ago when sixth grade was moved to the middle school.
He and wife, Terri, a fourth-grade teacher in Winnebago, raised two daughters, Megan and Kayla. Along with his children, Cue has watched other area kids grow up.
"The parents of today's students were my former students," he noted.
That continuity is one reason he stayed.
"People here value education," Cue said. "They see it as important. They're supportive of the school. I've grown to love the area."
He also loved teaching, but felt he could do more.
"I enjoy coming to work every day," Cue said. "Rarely do you have two days that are alike. Every fall, it's a brand-new start, for everybody."
He earned his master's degree in 2001 and took classes in Fairmont to earn his administrative license in 2005.
"I'd always dabbled with the idea of being a principal," he said. "I didn't think I'd make a big move across the state, but if something came up local, I'd apply."
It did, and he got the job.
"I'll miss building those close ties with homeroom students," Cue said. "I won't have that day-to-day contact in the same way. I'll miss that, for sure."
But his years of knowledge of the district and the community will help him contribute in other ways.
"As a classroom teacher, you can have an impact on a certain number of kids," he said. "My hope is I can have a positive influence on a lot more. There's a good system in place. I want to be supportive of the teachers and make Blue Earth Area K-8 the best it can be.
"I'm excited for the new opportunity that this job's gonna give me," Cue said.