We are very excited to share that our very own Teacher Christi was featured in the August 2019 issue of Northeast Seattle Living magazine! Read on for a few excerpts from the article.
When Teacher Christi isn’t in our classroom, she’s likely either acting or teaching young children dramatic arts at her Wedgwood Drama Studio.
“We started this whole thing because Wedgwood Elementary wanted to create a theater program in the school and I knew I could help with that,” Christi says. The success of this theater program and Christi’s experience working with young children as a preschool teacher led to more opportunities to bring theater to other schools. So, Wedgwood Drama Studio was born.
“I think the kids that are naturally very drawn to theater will find their way,” she says. “It’s the kids that aren’t so sure that I really love teaching and exposing to this art.” Watching kids find their confidence through storytelling is what makes her career so rewarding.
Teacher Christi has been teaching our Pre-3s Class since 2008, and she’s brought so much to our program since then. Our parents say that she is “an actual child whisperer”, that she is “imaginative, creative and incredibly fun and engaging with the kids”, and that she is “kind and patient with each child’s needs, and also so relatable with the parents.” Families who have attended her Wedgwood Drama Studio classes also speak highly of her, garnering her two awards in Parent Map magazine.
“We know, when young people are encouraged to take risks, try new things, and stretch their growing wings in a supportive environment, they gain experiences they can carry with them as they take their next leaps in life.” Christi herself was inspired at a young age by a theater group that performed at her school. She remembers seeing the diverse group of talented actors and feeling the confidence that she, too, could be a part of that world.
You can view the entire article here. It includes a lot more about her story, her drama studio, her ties to the community, and her family.
We still have a few spots open in Teacher Christi’s 2019-2020 Pre-3s Class. If you have a child who will be two years old by August 31st and are still looking for a preschool, we’d love to have you. You can apply here.
Quotes excerpted from “Meet Christi Cruz and Family: Educating through the Arts” written by Alyssa Campbell for the August 2019 issue of Northeast Seattle Living. Photo of Teacher Christi taken by Kim Hildebrand.