Today’s guest blogger: Melissa

Today's guest blogger: Melissa
Today's guest blogger: Melissa

Greetings from St. Joseph’s Indian School!  My name is Melissa and I’ve worked in the Human Resources Department for the past 13 years.

Although it is summer, campus is buzzing.  During this time of year, we add quite a few seasonal staff to work as counselors at our summer camp, help out in the museum and assist taking care of our grounds.  This is also the time of year we recruit for any teachers, houseparents and family service counselors that may not be returning.  Luckily, the majority of our staff is coming back, and we have very few holes to fill.  This is beneficial to our students because relationship building with their houseparents, teachers and counselors is very important.

Other responsibilities that I have, besides recruiting, are working with insurance benefits and employee recognition.  This makes every day different and new.  For example, in the summer we make root beer floats for our maintenance staff.  Summer s tend to get hot in South Dakota and our maintenance staff put in a lot of time modeling the campus homes for our students.  It’s always rewarding to do something that will brighten a person’s day.

I feel very fortunate to work in the human resources department at St. Joseph’s Indian School.  It is always a blessing when the people you work with are more like family than co-workers.

If you are interested in employment at St. Joseph’s Indian School, let me know…I can be reached by phone at 800.568.4434 or e-mail

Have a good week ! 🙂

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.

4 thoughts on “Today’s guest blogger: Melissa”

  1. That’s an important job you have, Melissa. The quality of the staff makes all the difference to the experience of the kids as they go through their years at the school.

  2. I enjoyed your blog Melissa. I have to say I think St. Joseph’s is lucky to have you too! Sounds like a good deal for everybody concerned! Thank you for your good work.

    1. Jean,

      Thank you for your kind words and support of our mission. It is greatly appreciated!


  3. Hi Dave,

    I agree, it really is important that we hire the right staff to work with our students. These kids are the reason we are here, and they deserve the best. Luckily, we have some of the most wonderful, caring, and understanding employees who give our kids the love, guidance, and stability they need.

    Thanks for writing.

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