HAWARDEN—After 26 years in education Alynn Coppock’s experience made her standout among candidates applying for the West Sioux high school/middle school principal position previously held by Heidi Vasquez.
Coppock, 48, has accepted the position at West Sioux and will welcome students at the start of the 2019/20 school year.
Coppock has been married to her husband Shad for almost 23 years and together they have three children; Jenna (sophomore at University of South Dakota), Bryce (senior) and Mason (freshman).
Coppock earned her bachelor’s degree in English, secondary education and psychology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. She has her master’s degree in secondary guidance counseling from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and earned an administrative degree from Bridgewater University in Massachusetts.
Coppock learned early in her administrative career not to make a decision “on the spot.”
“It’s so important to take your time, look at the issue from all angles, understand everyone’s perspective and always think about the ripple effect of every decision,” Coppock said. “This calm, level-headed approach in my position as principal has always served me well.”
She has been principal for the Newell Fonda School District for the past 10 years.
Becoming a Falcon
Coppock plans to be a visible, involved person in the school and community.
“I love attending all the school events and seeing the students and their families in this element,” Coppock said. “I love the small school atmosphere. Being an educator is all I’ve ever known and I love being a part of a school community. I believe I am approachable, and I have a real passion for creating a school culture that makes the students, teachers, staff members, parents and community members very proud to be a Falcon!”
Another key component to being relatable as the newest member to the Falcon staff is having an open-door policy. She believes in being available to listen and help teachers problem solve and wants to help the staff develop and enhance their craft by giving them opportunities to constantly grow as educators.
When it comes to disciplinary actions Coppock says she will handle those “fairly and consistently” as she believes each one is a teachable moment.
“If you’re able to build relationships with students and parents proactively, the difficult moments are always a little easier to handle.”
Decision to move
While Coppock said the decision to move has been difficult on her and her family, she is also excited for the new opportunity.
“It was definitely a difficult decision for me and my family,” Coppock said. “If I was going to leave Newell Fonda it had to be the perfect fit for my family. When I left my interview at West Sioux, I immediately called my husband and said, ‘This is it!’ — West Sioux brings me closer to my daughter, it gives my boys some great opportunities and it will not only challenge me professionally, but I believe it will also help me grow as an administrator and a person.”
The memories from Newell Fonda she will take with her and she said she has learned many valuable lessons from the staff and students she had the pleasure to work with.
“I will take all these wonderful memories with me, and I will always have a special place in my heart for the Newell-Fonda Mustangs!”
In trading her Mustangs attire in for Falcon swag, Coppock sees great potential in the West Sioux School district and she couldn’t really answer anything she believes West Sioux lacks.
“I just hope to build on the school pride that I’ve seen and felt with the teachers, students and community members that I have already met.”
A few of her favorite things
Ice Cream: “I’ve never met a flavor of ice cream I haven’t liked!”
Song: All kinds of music
Professional Sports Team: Nebraska Huskers