October 2019 – Graduate

Kelly Cleveland AIGC October Graduate Student of the Month

Kelly Cleveland

Bloomfield, NM
Navajo Nation
Special Higher Education Program, AIGC Graduate Named Scholarship

Institute of American Indian Arts
Creative Writing
GPA 4.0

Community Service

  • 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. 

Ms. 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 – Ms. 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.