Guest Blogger: Karla

Fr. Steve stopped in my office and asked if I would perform #13 on my job description – be a guest blogger and write today’s blog.  And of course, without thinking, I said “sure.”

To explain, #13 on my job description reads ‘Performs other responsibilities as required by the Executive Director.’  🙂

Then all I thought was “yikes!”

A little anxiety set in as I thought “I am not a blogger … and besides, my job might seem boring for people to read about …”

All that aside – Hi! I am Karla, the Executive Assistant.

First, I must say that I love my job and have been doing it for almost 19 years.   My work includes more ‘behind the scenes’ kind of detail.  Working with the Executive Director of Child Services (Mike, my boss), I have the opportunity to assist Child Services with all the different programming taking place on campus for our students.  My job consists of the usual duties like taking notes, setting up meetings, filing student information, etc.  In a nutshell, it’s kind of like a jack-of-all-trades.  I do enjoy multi-tasking, however, and the busier our office is the better I like it.  Currently I am getting the calendar together for the 2012-2013 school year, as well as filing end-of-year student information.

St. Joseph’s Indian School’s campus is a different kind of busy now that school is out.  Summer day camp is taking place; the high school summer program is up and running, as well as activities for the students in grades 1-8 staying in the summer home.  Construction, cleaning, moving and general maintenance are in full gear in preparation for the new school year.  Keeping the office organized some days can be quite eventful, as you never know what might come up, or who may show up, so we never expect a humdrum kind of day.

I just heard some little people laughing and walking outside my office going to the playground.  That means the summer day camp bunch has arrived …  seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter … that is what brings satisfaction to my job and warmth to my heart.

Thanks to all of you that support our mission and give us the opportunity to provide for the students and families we serve.  If you get to Chamberlain, visit our campus, visit our Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center and see for yourself why St. Joseph’s Indian School is an awesome place!

Gotta go … my boss is calling!

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

3 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Karla”

  1. Hi Karla: I enjoyed your blog very much! You made it all clear and made it sound quite interesting. I would have never known your were a “newbie” at blogging! Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to share your daily life at St. Joseph’s with me. I enjoy hearing how others juggle their life with purpose and community impact. What you do helps the school run smoother and keeps many people happy I’m sure. Keep up the good work.

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