Kathleen Honahni, is a member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Moenkopi. I am also a descendent of the Otoe-Missouria, located in Oklahoma. I have been an employee of Santa Fe Indian School for over 18 years, originally hired in July 2001. I have formally held the positions of Network Technician, Transportation Coordinator and Human Resources Assistant before taking the positon of Human Resources Director in January 2018. Over the course of my employment at SFIS I furthered my education in effort to be of the most benefit to SFIS, I have earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science, Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration specific to Human Resource Management.
While the HR responsibilities do not happen with the students directly, I am mindful daily to do my best work for the benefit of the students of SFIS. I remind myself “That the Human Resource Director responsibility at SFIS goes beyond hiring staff members - the fundamental purpose of the position is our students. The core responsibility to our Native American students is to recruit, hire and retain the most qualified teachers, residential and support staff to ensure the students’ rights for not only an equitable education, but rather the best education in a safe and nurturing environment to support the Santa Fe Indian School vision of being the Leader in Native American Education, and to ensure our SFIS Students become Ideal Graduates”.
I feel blessed to be a part of SFIS for the last 18 years; as a parent, as an employee and now in a position of Leadership.