Homegrown in Aspen View: Katelyn Gerlywich

Katelyn GerlywichMy name is Katelyn Gerlywich. I work as an Administrative Assistant at Vilna School. Most people know me as Kate, and to students I am “Miss G” or “My G”. The shortened version of my name stems from growing up in a small community, attending a small school with four other ‘Katelyn’s’ in your class, with the same name all spelled differently. 

I was raised on a cattle farm northwest of Vilna. I attended Vilna School from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and graduated in 2008. Throughout those years, there were many people who influenced and taught me, and now I get to work alongside some of them! Some honorable mentions include Jennifer Machetchuk, who was my high school Biology and Chemistry teacher, my airplane seat partner when we flew halfway across the world, and now a co-worker who never hesitates to answer my many questions, and reminds me to “stop working after hours.” Another teacher and now friend is Sherry Rubuliak. She taught me to get out of my comfort zone during Drama classes and be true to who I am. I will also never forget the Outdoor Education winter camping trip in junior high, and how the girls had the best camp shelter and stayed warm, while we listened to the boys whine and complain for 3 days from their camp. 

After graduating from high school, I worked towards a diploma in Animal Health Technology, and graduated from Lakeland College on the Dean’s Honor Roll. Five years later, I enrolled at Red Deer College to receive a certificate in Medical Laboratory Assisting. I worked in the laboratory environment in Edmonton until March 2019, when my mom passed away. My mom’s passing was a large contributing factor for me choosing to come back to the farm. There is just something about a small, rural community that you can’t find anywhere else, and working in a small rural school allows you to make connections that can’t be replaced. 

Vilna School may be small, but the staff here are kind and always willing to lend a hand. We do our very best for our students and families, and strive to make sure everyone feels heard, respected and included. Our students learn the importance of having a community and contributing to it, about various cultural differences, and that working hard and being kind is what will get you through life. We all come from different backgrounds, we all have different beliefs, and there is always something to learn. I am proud to say I live and contribute to a community I grew up in.

Aspen View Public Schools

Katelyn Gerlywich
Administrative Assistant
Vilna School

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