Kelly Pearce is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Senior Policy Fellow. Kelly supports English Learners and Native American students and their teachers in elementary and secondary schools throughout Rio Rancho. She has taught preschool through high school in New Mexico and Thailand, as well as Armenia during a two-year stint as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Kelly served as a New Mexico Public Education Department Teacher Ambassador from 2019 to 2021. She was Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s 2013 New Mexico History Teacher of the Year and was named 2019 Teacher of the Year by DreamWakers, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that brings virtual guest speakers into classrooms. She earned her BA in journalism from Arizona State University, her MA in elementary education from Western New Mexico University, her TESOL certification from the University of New Mexico, and her administrative license from New Mexico Highlands University.