Lana Lastiwka has been adapting well to her new position as principal of Win Ferguson Elementary.
This year has brought a few firsts for Lastiwka, including her position as principal. She was a teacher and an assistant principal for several years before coming to Fort Saskatchewan.
"The jump from being an assistant principal to the principal, you kind of realize 'oh, I don't have anyone else to check with.' Of course we have a team and we check with people, but it stops with you and that takes a bit of learning," she explained.
This is also the first time Lastiwka has been a part of Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), having previously worked only in Edmonton schools.
Lastiwka said that working in Edmonton Public schools was very similar to EIPS. The main difference is working with different people.
One of the biggest challenges Lastiwka has dealt with is getting acquainted with the new faces, a task she said has been made easier by a staff that is very willing to help. She has also been trying to get a feel for Win Ferguson's history and culture to understand the school better.
"I'm just very happy. Fort Saskatchewan has been amazing, the community has been amazing. I kind of hit the jackpot when I got placed here so I'm very thankful to be part of an amazing staff."