Wendy Coppock named Director of Inclusive Learning

Wendy Coppock named Director of Inclusive Learning
Posted on 04/05/2022

Clearview School Division has named Wendy Coppock the new Director of Inclusive Learning. She will take the position at the retirement of Grant Gosse at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

 “Wendy’s experience in many roles in education, including as Principal of Gus Wetter School, and as Clearview’s Early Learning Coordinator have prepared her well for this leadership responsibility,” says Brenda MacDonald, Clearview Superintendent. “Clearview continues to benefit from Wendy’s work in literacy. Also, Wendy understands and embraces the work of inclusion in our division and schools. We are so excited to have her take on this important leadership role in Clearview.”

“Wendy’s work in Clearview, especially around literacy and early learning, has been foundational,” says Daram Van Oers, Clearview Deputy Superintendent. “We are so pleased to have Wendy bring her strengths to the role of Director of Inclusive Learning. We are pleased that with her skills, Wendy also brings an awareness and appreciation for the great work that has been completed by Grant Gosse, the current Director. Wendy will not only bring excellence to the role, but stability and continuity, which is important in a time of change.” 

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” says Wendy Coppock. “Clearview has a long history of recognizing the importance of Inclusive Education and, working together in team, Clearview has been successful in recognizing the need and importance of creating positive learning environments for all of the students in the Clearview family. I look forward to continuing this legacy of inclusion and will work continuously to ensure that students’ diverse learning needs are met in our school communities.” 

Coppock says she is committed to offering “diverse learning opportunities that support students and their learning.” She says,“There is never a one size fits all answer and in Clearview, we have always and will always go that extra mile to ensure students can be successful each and every day recognizing that this looks different in each school and with each student.”

The Director of Inclusive Learning supervises some key positions in Clearview including: the Early Learning Coordinator, the Mental Health team, the Speech Language Pathologist and the Occupational Therapist. The Director coordinates supports for students from agencies and consultants including psychological testing. The Director leads First Nation, Métis and Inuit programming and supports, leads the implementation of the nutrition program, and ensures staff who provide inclusive supports receive training.
Coppock has been an educator for 35 years, starting her career as a teacher in Altario, Alberta. She came to the County of Stettler Schools (prior to becoming Clearview Public Schools) in 1990, became the Vice Principal of Gus Wetter School in 2000, and in 2016 became Clearview’s Early Learning and Literacy Coordinator. In the fall of 2020, Coppock became the Principal of Gus Wetter School. 

“In Clearview, we are family. We are small schools working together to achieve great things. The collaboration between our own schools and neighboring schools is what makes Clearview great. We truly are a division where everyone knows your name,” says Coppock. “Over the past seven years, Clearview has developed very strong fundamental Inclusive Education policies, procedures, and beliefs. Recognizing that things can not stay stagnant, I willingly embrace where we are and as time continues, I will continue to work and evaluate where we are, and in team, continue this process that will ensure that all Clearview students’ needs are met and nurtured to ensure success for them in our ever-changing world,” says Coppock.

Coppock thanks her family for supporting her through her career. Also, she is grateful for many good families she has worked with and for many great staff members and colleagues. In particular Coppock points to three individuals. Firstly, Gillian Bushrod, who was Coppock’s first Superintendent. “I fondly remember her dedication to children,” she says. Coppock credits Bushrod for the value and priority Clearview has placed on inclusive education. Secondly, Coppock thanks Grant Gosse, retiring Director of Inclusive Learning, who Coppock says has “done a lot of heavy lifting since arriving in our division. When I look at what he has accomplished since his arrival in Clearview, I am in awe. I admire Grant’s vision and look forward to carrying it into the future.”  

Finally, Coppock wishes to thank Clearview Superintendent, Brenda MacDonald. “Thank you for leading us through a very uncertain time,” says Coppock to MacDonald. “You have led our division through our first pandemic with grace and compassion.”  Coppock points to MacDonald’s personal touch, and to her positive vision. “Brenda’s personal commitment to students and staff gave support to many Clearview programs and initiatives, which have become the driving force for improved literacy and numeracy. When she retires, Brenda will be missed. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you, Brenda.”