2021 MASA "Pearce Award" Nominees
The Robert L. Pearce Award, one of MASA's most prestigious recognitions, was instituted in 1987 by David and Richard Pearce. This award’s purpose is to honor their father, Robert L. Pearce, a founding partner of Bonsack & Pearce, Inc., an architectural firm specializing in educational work. Robert L. Pearce appreciated the importance of education and the vital work of school superintendents. MASA is pleased that Pearce Consultants continue support of this award recognizing the contribution that superintendents make to the young people of the state of Missouri.
The selection of the Pearce Award recipient is made by the MASA Awards Committee from nominations submitted by each MASA District. The Pearce Award not only includes a plaque and professional recognition, but also a monetary award to the honoree and a like scholarship amount to a student in the honoree’s school district.
Greater St. Louis
Kevin Carl has served as superintendent for the Hancock Place Schools for the past ten years. He previously served as assistant superintendent at Northwest R-I and a middle school principal at both Northwest R-I and City of St. Charles. Kevin has served on multiple committees for MASA and other education associations.
Becky Albrecht has served as superintendent of the Maryville R-II School District for the past six years. Becky previously served as superintendent of the Trenton R-IX Schools, where she had previously served as an assistant principal at the high schools, principal of the middle school, then principal at the high school. Becky has served MASA on multiple committees and was the Northwest Region President in 2017-18.
Richard Asbill has served as superintendent of the Cassville R-IV School District for the past 11 years. Previously, Richard was an assistant superintendent in Cassville, the superintendent of Southwest R-V Schools, the middle school principal in Cassville and an assistant high school principal also in Cassville. Richard is the Southwest Region’s representative to the MASA Executive Committee, a role he has served since 2017.
Susan Crooks has served as the superintendent of the Leeton R-X School District for the past 12 years. Previously, Susan was the elementary principal at Leeton. She has served on the MASA Executive Committee from 2017 to the present and is the current MASA President. Susan also served as the West Central Region’s President in 2013-14.
Gasconade Co. R-II
Chuck Garner is the Gasconade R-II superintendent, a position he has held since 2013. Previously, Church served as assistant superintendent at Gasconade R-II, principal at Independence 30 School District, and assistant principal at Bolivar R-I.
John Link has served as superintendent of the Jackson R-II Schools for the past six years. John also served as superintendent for the Fair Grove R-X District and the Hartville R-II District. He has previous building level leadership at Salem R-80 and Hartville R-II. John has served on the MASA Legislative Committee.
Greater Kansas City
Kenny Rodrequez is the superintendent of the Grandview C-4 School District, a position he has held since 2016. Previously, Kenny served as an assistant superintendent at Grandview C-4, Director of Secondary Schools for the Kansas City Public Schools, and in building leadership roles in the Tulsa (OK) Public Schools. Kenny has served as the President of the MASA Greater Kansas City Region for 2020-2021.
Knox Co R-I
Andy Turgeon has served as superintendent of the Knox County R-1 Schools for the past 11 years. He previously served as high school principal at Knox County R-I and Canton R-V. Andy was the Northeast MASA Region’s President in 2014-15.