Kelsey Cloonan considers herself an army brat with no permanent homestead. Before Kelsey was 10 years old she had moved 7 times from South Carolina to North Carolina to Tennessee to somewhere in Kansas to Kentucky to Indiana back to North Carolina before finally settling in McDonald, Pennsylvania. After her landing in McDonald, she started her journey of academia when she got her diploma at McDonald High School. After her successes in McDonald, Kelsey went to the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in anthropology and minored in music with a focus on DIY musical cultures of Philadelphia, South Africa, and Argentina. Being the globetrotter she is, Kelsey decided to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Grahamstown, South Africa where she worked as an English teacher. After her many travels, Kelsey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and something was drawing her to her maternal family’s home of Letcher County. Thus, Kelsey got a position as a ReadingCorps Tutor with the Hindman Settlement School in order to bring her closer to home. She then pivoted from her role as a ReadingCorps member into the role of the Community Agricultural Support Member for Hindman Settlement School’s AmeriCorps program.
When Kelsey isn’t trying to span the globe, she likes watch the birds peck at the feeder on her porch, spend time with friends, shop at the Goodwill, and play board games. When she isn’t knee deep in all of her other hobbies, she likes to care for what she calls “her little cat man”, Santi Sol and listen to Bad Bunny or C. Tangana. Kelsey is passionate about many things, but she has a deep-seeded love intercultural learning and trying things outside of her comfort zone because she wants to experience as much of the world as she possibly can.
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