Kelly Josko

English-Language Arts Teacher

Began at Teachwell:


Why did you choose this field?

I feel called to the field of education, and I love that in teaching you may have even the tiniest influence on the future of society.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

A lawyer or a teacher.

What or who most inspires you?

My husband is a true Renaissance Man - he has done so much and is good at so many things. It's an inspiration how he keeps following where his talents lead.

Why Teachwell?

Because it sounded so interesting! Also having two friends who already loved working for Teachwell helped :-)

What are you proudest of?

I am proudest of the past couple years. I chose a new career at age 39, completed graduate school at age 40, and in the middle of all of this managed to continue working and raising my own four kids, as well as taking in a foster child.

How do you hope to make a difference?

I don't need to make a big difference. I will be satisfied if I can help make life more interesting or better for any person in any small way.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

I didn't have the greatest work ethic when I was younger, so each job that I have held (including parenting) has honed my work ethic. During my time working outside the home I have learned to work with people of a variety of backgrounds.

What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?

I graduated from SDSU with a BS in Communications in 2001. I then stayed home with my children for the majority of the next 14 years. In 2015 I began working as a certified pharmacy technician at HyVee Pharmacy to fill in a gap and ended up staying for five years. After moving back to South Dakota, I was really feeling the pull to teaching, and in December of 2019 I graduated from the Masters plus Certification program at USD. Teachwell/McCrossan will be my first teaching employment.

People would be surprised to know that I . . .

am also a homeschooling mom.