Special Higher Education Program, AIGC Graduate Named Scholarship
Institute of American Indian Arts
- Working with my hometown community of Hanaadli out on the checkerboard Navajo reservation to help implement better instructional practices and strategies to teachers, community members, and leaders.
- Working with fellow community artists on various projects.
- Writing stories, poetry, and helping tutor youth with their ELA work and differentiating and supporting ELL’s with TESOL strategies to help with content and skill-based knowledge to communicate better (via writing, speaking, creating, &, etc.).
Kelly Cleveland is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University and San Juan College. Her specialty is in Education with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in English Language Arts. She has completed a master’s certificate program in TESOL as well as a certification for having completed an Alternative Licensure Program in Secondary Education. Her teaching experience is based on teaching English with high school students in Bloomfield, New Mexico within both a regular and alternative high school setting. She has worked under the BIE’s FACE program as an Adult Education and Preschool teacher and is a firm believer in the strength of community to empower children, youth, and adults as leaders for the current and next generation. Mrs. Cleveland is a graduate student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, working towards her MFA in Creative Writing with a poetry focus. All things considered, aside from being a young working professional – Mrs. Cleveland is proud to have been raised in a multi-linguistic family with heritage and cultural background composed of the following tribes: Navajo, Lake Superior Band of Bad River Chippewa, Ute, and Hopi. Currently, she works as a Prevention Specialist at the Native American Community Academy and enjoys writing comedy skits and routines in her free time.