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Drehle recognized as Distinguished Principal Nominee

Drehle recognized as Distinguished Principal Nominee


Carey Drehle, the principal at Freedom Elementary, was recognized on March 2 as one of the Missouri Distinguished Principal Honorees during the Annual Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals’ (MAESP) banquet at Osage Beach. She represented the MAESP South Central Region.

“Mrs. Drehle was an outstanding selection for our region,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. “She has developed a strong relationship with the Freedom staff, as well as her colleagues in our area. Mrs. Drehle is passionate about education and possesses a strong knowledge of instructional strategies that benefit our students.”  

Her nomination states, “Carey Drehle is a passionate and energetic leader. She has a powerful impact on her students and staff by creating a culture of success within her school. She meets high expectations by focusing on quality instruction leading to improved student learning. Carey has sustained success by building relationships and serving as an instructional resource for all staff.”

Drehle leads one of the largest elementary schools in the state with nearly 1,000 students and 125 staff members. She was instrumental in successfully transitioning Freedom from a 3rd-5th grade building to a K-5 building. Three years ago, she started her career in the Waynesville R-VI School District as Wood Elementary’s principal and moved to Freedom in 2017.  In 2011-12, she was recognized as an Exemplary New Principal by MAESP. From 2007-09, Drehle was a STARR teacher, serving as a regional resource for the South Central RPDC.

Drehle earned her undergraduate degree at Missouri Valley College, master’s degree from Graceland University and specialist’s degree from Williams Woods University.

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"Issued March 6, 2019"