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Everyday Heroes 2015

'It's fun to be involved'

Steve Pearce assists with St. Charles youth sports and St. Charles East boys cross country

You need not be standing near Steve Pearce during autumn to see his colors change.

The assistant superintendent for human resources for Batavia School District 101 by day, Pearce also is active in youth basketball coaching and administration in his hometown of St. Charles and serves as a booster parent for St. Charles East boys cross country.

Sound like a full docket? Not to Pearce. He couldn't imagine life without a little bustle.

"I enjoy being busy. I'm not very good at saying no, either," Pearce said. "And there's so many opportunities when you're a parent and community member to be involved in so many things. It's fun to be involved."

The credo rubbed off on Pearce's wife, Jill, who Steve Pearce constantly credits for her undying support. There certainly is plenty of that to go around, especially with Steve Pearce, 44, also working toward a master's degree in educational leadership at National Louis University in Chicago.

The couple, which has four children – three sons and a daughter – moved to St. Charles in the late 1990s. Steve Pearce previously served as a middle school principal in Schaumburg School District 54.

To be sure, he was equally industrious then.

"I'll be saying, 'You know, well, your plate is already pretty full'," Jill Pearce said. "And he always says, 'Well, if I can do something to make something better, I'll give it a try.'"

Steve Pearce grew up in suburban Detroit and played soccer, basketball and baseball. He attended Wheaton College as a physical education major and history minor, getting acquainted with Chicagoland and an important liaison for later in life – his future wife's brother.

The couple's oldest children, Drew and Nate Pearce, are a senior and sophomore, respectively, at St. Charles East, and part of the cross country program. Kirby Pearce is an eighth-grader at Thompson Middle School, while Josy Pearce is a second-grader at Davis Elementary School.

Josy Pearce also loves basketball, and she relishes having her dad as a coach for the St. Charles Storm. It seems to be a family tradition. Years ago, in fact, Steve Pearce juggled coaching duties for each of his three sons' youth soccer teams during the same season.

"Which was hilarious, as you can imagine, but it was the same kind of thing," he said. "Sometimes, different organizations struggle to find coaches and people who want to be involved, and I always say, 'Well, I've got a coaching background and a sports background and why not help out if I can do it'."

When it comes to his high school allegiances, Steve Pearce's Batavia colleagues keep a similarly open mind.

"I always say I support Batavia in all their games or sports unless they're playing East," he said. "And then the other thing in Batavia is they don't care that much that I'm an East supporter as long as I don't support Geneva."

The Pearce lowdown

Who he is: Steve Pearce, a Batavia School District 101 administrator with involvement in St. Charles youth sports and St. Charles East boys cross country

Town of residence: St. Charles

Age: 44

Family: He and his wife, Jill, have four children. 

Hobbies: Running

Fun fact: Pearce annually teams up with friends to participate in the Illinois River to River relay, an 80-mile trek between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers downstate.

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