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New executive staff officer joins TES and collective bargaining 

January 12, 2021 ATA News Staff

Kristine Wilkinson is the ATA’s newest executive staff officer.

Wilkinson will assume her role in Teacher Employment Services and Collective Bargaining on Feb. 1.

She said the role means being able to give back to her colleagues across Alberta.

“I am excited to promote and support the teaching profession through my work at the ATA,” Wilkinson said. “I am so proud to be a teacher!”

Wilkinson has been living and working in the Sturgeon School District since 2005, most recently as the principal of Sturgeon Composite High School in Namao. She has also worked with the ATA as an associate instructor since 2017. Wilkinson brings to the Association extensive experience with her local teacher welfare committee as well as a background in educational psychology (school counseling) and school administration.

As well as a bachelor of education from Concordia, Wilkinson has a masters of education in school counselling from the University of Alberta. ❚

5 More things to Know about Kristine

Who or what inspired you to be a teacher?

I knew I wanted to help teens, and after doing some work in group homes, then moving to a job as a teacher assistant, I decided to head back to school for an after degree in education at Concordia, and the rest is history.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself in your first year as a teacher?

New teachers need to know that as teachers, our work never seems to be done. You need to set limits on work, as it can burn you out very quickly. Teaching is certainly not a nine-to-five job, but try to have hobbies and a life outside of work too. It only makes you more interesting.

What is the greatest life lesson teaching has taught you?

Through teaching I have learned that kids learn so much more than curriculum in school, and teachers play a huge role in shaping society … but ... don’t take yourself too seriously.

Favourite song to put you in a good mood

My go-to song right now is Bad Guy by Billie Eilish.

Favourite COVID-safe activity

My favourite COVID activity is spending more time with my husband and two boys; family time has been an upside to COVID.


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