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Posted: February 13, 2020

Getting to Know Our Teaching Artists- Heather Yeo

Heather Yeo is a skilled teaching artist working with local children on writing and drama. She is the coordinator for Wrinkle Writing, a program affiliated with Children’s Choice here in Albuquerque. As with many of our teaching artists, Heather is a working artist who shares her interests and skills with students.

Heather Yeo is a skilled teaching artist working with local children on writing and drama.  She is the coordinator for Wrinkle Writing, a program affiliated with Children’s Choice here in Albuquerque.  As with many of our teaching artists, Heather is a working artist who shares her interests and skills with students. 

Heather believes that all children should have access to high quality arts education as part of their daily educational programming.  Children benefit from opportunities to build upon their own ideas, dreams and experiences.  They begin that process through classroom writing exercises to encourage their willingness to try new things by expanding their ideas and by responding in a variety of new ways to writing and performing their plays and performances.  Later, students begin to write their own plays.  Her work assists students in learning life skills such as working collaboratively, learning to listen with intention and planning what to say and how to best say it.  Heather believes that setting classroom parameters and limits on noise and behavior support students as they move and actively participate in drama activities.  Wrinkle Writing is well received in the schools and classrooms where it is taught. 

Heather remembers her childhood interest in playing games and making up stories as a life-long goal.  Her current work with children enables her to continue her dream and share it with children.  One component that makes Wrinkle Writing so successful is the establishment of trust that children utilize in their willingness to voice their dreams and ideas. The trust built in these classrooms reinforces social-emotional learning. Students also develop long term planning skills and GRIT.  The teacher’s role, along with Heather’s role is to validate and support each child’s uniqueness as they express their ideas and dreams. 

Teachers can assist students in their writing and performing by beginning with classroom writing exercises designed to encourage imaginative day-dreaming and the use of questions that promote curiosity; how might change happen to your idea, how the plot or characters could respond in new ways, how can open ended ideas generate new plots or characters?

Heather loves the Albuquerque community. She lives here with her family.  Her love of drama began when she was three and saw the Sound of Music.  She knew that she wanted to perform.  She received an acting degree in college and a graduate degree in Arts Education.  Heather regularly performs with a group, “The Show” at the Box Performance Space located at 2nd and Gold Street in downtown Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday nights.  Heather recently produced “Phantasmagoria”, a gothic horror story for Quarantine Productions.  Her love of performance enables her to share that love of drama with her students and provides an outlet for her talents, skills and love of children.   Any Given Child Albuquerque and the Albuquerque. Public Schools benefit from her talents and interests as a teaching artist.