Kerri Stribling, Secretary at Uncas Elementary.

Kerri Stribling, Secretary at Uncas Elementary.

Sherwood Park, AB. — April 24 marks Administrative Professionals’ Day. It’s an opportunity to extend a special thank you to all secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) for the outstanding work they do, day in and day out.

“It’s my second year working here, but I’ve been part of the community for a long time,” says Kerri Stribling, the Secretary at Uncas Elementary. “I have several children attending the school now and many that went in the past. Switching from being a stay-at-home mom of nine to a school secretary has been a transition, but for me the busier, the better.”

TJ Kennerd, the Principal at Uncas Elementary, says that Stribling remains very organized in a fast-paced environment. “In a smaller school such as ours in a rural community, the sole administrative professional has an amazingly diverse set of duties and roles to fill. Kerri is not only the first smile you see when you come to Uncas Elementary—she’s a registrar, business manager, nurse, intramurals organizer, referee and liaison for the Uncas Parent Council—to name a few.”

No two days are the same for these staff—whether they’re working at a school or Central Services. Every day brings new challenges and learning opportunities that keep the job interesting. And, whether they’re in their first week on the job or a seasoned veteran of 30 years, administrative professionals throughout EIPS are always eager and willing to collaborate with peers and share their wealth of knowledge to support those around them.

“Most importantly, Kerri establishes positive relationships with students, staff and the community that make our school the caring and happy place that it is. Administrative professionals play a vital role in the functioning of our schools, and we’re very thankful to have Kerri as ours,” says Kennerd.

“I love coming to work every day. The relationships you build with the kids are the best part of the job,” adds Stribling. “I want to say to other administrative professionals at EIPS: Don’t underestimate the difference you can make in your role. Even if you’re not teaching and you don’t necessarily see it every day, you still have a profound impact on students’ lives.”

Stribling is one of many administrative professionals who work within EIPS. They’re critical in supporting the complex operations of every school and Central Services department across the Division. Thank you to all administrative staff throughout EIPS for everything you do each day to keep the organization running smoothly!


Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,750 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.



For more information, media can contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902