From Longhorn to Wildcat, we bid our farewell to principal Corey Sink

From Longhorn to Wildcat, freshmen class Principal Corey Sink is moving to Eureka High School as their new head principal this July. From assistant principal at South High School, to our very own principal for the past three years, Sink spent 10 years in Parkway.

“As much as I love West, Eureka, to me, is home,” Sink said. 

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Standing with Parkway South High School assistant principal Eric Wilhom, Dr. Corey Sink completes Busch Stadium’s Spartan Obstacle Course Race. In 2017 Sink left Parkway South and Wilhom. “Eric’s been a good friend of mine for the past 10 years. Leaving South wasn’t easy, and leaving West certainly won’t be either,” Sink said.

Sink has community ties in Eureka as a coach, resident and father of his children Ryder and Asher, who attend area schools. 

“When we talk about serving the community in which we live, that’s exciting to me. Eureka is a really special place to me. There are students there that I’ve coached since they’ve been in third grade,” Sink said. “It’s special to know kids from when they were really little to when they come up to that high school level. When I think about taking on the role of Eureka’s new principal, that concept means a lot to me.”

Sink has always had a passion for the school administration business since he was an elementary school student. 

“I’ve always wanted to help kids and teachers. I got into instructional practices heavily when I was in the classroom and wanted to grow up to be a great teacher myself. I always think about how to better serve my kids, I’ve always had strong relationships with them and wanted to know the pedagogy behind it and what really made a difference in the classroom,” Sink said. “Once I really got into that, it led to me wanting to help teachers more with what I had learned. That really opened my desire to lead and be more active in the day-to-day work with teachers and students.” 

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Ready-to-go, Dr. Corey Sink stands with his son Ryder Sink at Lucas Oil Stadium before their big game. While being coached by Sink, the Eureka sponsored Junior Wildcat Football team played on the Colt’s turf. “I’ve coached the Wildcats for the past 7 years. All of Ryder’s friends, I’ve known them since they were little guys and now they’re going to be my students at Eureka,” Sink said.

Sink went on to receive his Business degree from University of Missouri, Teaching degree from Southeast MO State University, and Masters and Doctors Administration degrees from Lindenwood University

In 2017 Sink became a part of West’s community and has since grown close with its members. 

“These are more than just my colleagues, the people here are my friends. I’m going to miss those relationships,” Sink said. “There are some folks in this class that I feel like our work is not done yet. I know they’re on their way to not just being good students, but great adults, and that’s something I would want to see through, so that will be hard to walk away from.”

This Feb. 6, Sink sent out an email to students and parents of the class of 2023 informing them that he will be leaving Parkway.  

“The notes I got back [from my email] moved me. It was almost immediately I was receiving responses saying ‘congratulations, thank you for everything.’ That’s what I’m talking about when we speak of relationships with people, that matters. It matter to me that people think my relationships with them were authentic; they were personal.”

It matters to me that people think my relationships with them were authentic; they were personal.”

— Corey Sink

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For Sink, community is a big factor in his passion for administrative practices and teachings. 

“People here are great; kids are awesome. My takeaway is just going to be working with our students because that is the best part of my day. I’m going to miss working with these kids,” Sink said. “I think that life is honestly about people and the interactions you have with them.”

Sink manages the Academic Support Centers (ASCs) and study halls, working closely with academic-support teachers. 

“He is a great supporter and a great advocate for the students. I know if we have an issue here and I go to him, he will take care of it. He always puts kids first, that is his number one priority,” English ASC teacher Kristen Witt said. “He is professional, student-minded and hard-working. Eureka is going to be lucky to have him.”

Even before his Parkway career, Sink got to know some students from the class of 2023 through teaching his freshman son Ryder’s Rawlings Tigers Baseball team. 

“I’ve coached [freshmen] Zack Boland, Jack Riley, Cole Whitaker and a few more,” Sink said. “Coaching is similar to being a Principal: you get to form connections with people and watch them grow.” 

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Corey Sink celebrates with Glory Missouri Award-winning seniors at the state capitol grounds. 13 students are chosen to receive this award through a process which Sink helps decide. “Each of the 13 students get an award for a different word that they have displayed throughout their four years at West, like virtue or honor. It’s a very prestigious award we do for students and to me, it’s very honoring considering they are my students and I get to watch them succeed,” Sink said.

Boland, Riley and Whitaker loved having Sink as a coach. 

“One time, I slid into third base and the kid at third base got mad because he didn’t get me out, so he kicked dirt on me. Obviously it didn’t hurt, but it was bad sportsmanship and Dr. Sink asked me if I was okay, he was a very caring coach. We laughed about it [and] he gave the players on our team great motivation,” Whitaker said. 

When leaving his current position, Sink wishes for his students to always highly withhold a West phrase: ‘take care of yourself, take care of others, and take care of this place.’  

“They’re more than just words, they really are a way of being. If you can do those things, in school and in life, you’re gonna be okay. It’s more than a slogan or a motto; people really need to reflect on what that means: Take care of yourself, that’s responsibility. Take care of others, that’s relationships. And take care of this place, this is a good place and we want it to continue,” Sink said. “To the class of 2023 and to the West Community, I’m going to miss you all.”