To the Principal's Office

Mr. Alex Klopfenstein prepares to meet Eagles of all ages, as the school year approaches quickly. 

The students of Keota Community Schools have a new face and a new name to get used to this year. Once they master the pronunciation of his name, the intimidation from their new principal Alex Klopfenstein, will most likely melt away. Klopfenstein is a Washington native, and spent summers detailing cars at Gretter Motors in Keota during high school, so he is not necessarily a stranger to these parts. For the last five years he has worked at Winfield Mount Union, at first as a Fourth Grade Social Studies Teacher and Coach, and later as an instructional coach for teachers. He realized as his career progressed that he desired to make a bigger impact on the education world around him. “I wanted to affect things on a larger scale than just my own classroom or my own team.” With this idea in mind, he pursued his Masters from Drake in January of 2016 and graduated with a Principal’s PreK-12 Masters degree in December of 2017. During that time, he and his wife also increased their family to two kids, so the last couple of years have been pretty busy.  

 

Since Klopfenstein earned his Masters, he interviewed for jobs all over Iowa, travelling 2600 miles in total, before finally being offered the Keota position just 18 miles away from his hometown. He was very excited to be able to settle so close to his home roots, and is equally excited to learn all about the Keota culture and families. He is currently in the process of getting to know all about the Keota school and his staff and co-workers. With one-on-one meetings with all staff and teachers, he hopes to eliminate first day of school nerves. A few families have stopped in as well, but he looks forward to meeting the rest on August 22, at the Open House and PTO sponsored Ice Cream Social at “Back to School” night from 5:30-6:30pm.

 

To read more about the new principal and his hopes for Keota, check out the August 14th issue of The Keota Eagle.