by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Lauren Nygard Photography

Born to Perform

It’s hard to believe that Chloe Haffeman was ever thought of by her peers as being shy. “Most people thought I was shy in third, fourth, and fifth grade,” shared Chloe, “but I am actually very talkative and willing to stand up for myself and express my feelings openly.” Today, the fifth grader seems to be the opposite of shy. Rather, she is self-assured as a performer in both dance and theater, and is ready to achieve her dreams.

Chloe has lived in 92081 for the past 10 years with her brother Owen and parents Katie and Brian. “What I like most is playing with my friends and playing with my brother’s friends,” said Chloe of her community. “I also like to run in the grass fields in my neighborhood.” She attends Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, where she enjoys reading and her drama class. “I know that I am lucky to be in a school like this,” stated Chloe.

“I know that I am lucky to be in a school like this.”

As an avid reader Chloe enjoys her school’s Reading Olympics, a competition between classes to encourage student reading. “They win parties for their classes as well as individual medals for personal achievement,” explained Chloe’s mom, Katie. She elaborated, “Whenever she has some down time you can find her with her head in a book, so she tends to do well in the Reading Olympics.”

However, Chloe’s favorite subject is drama. “I adore acting and I also love my drama teacher, she is so nice to me and all of the school,” said Chloe. “Her name is Mrs. Earnest and she is the best drama teacher in the whole wide world!” Chloe is used to being on a stage. Prior to getting the acting bug, she had been dancing since age three. “I was very involved in dance and took tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet. I was also on the school dance team last year,” noted Chloe.


This year, Chloe continues to take jazz and father/daughter dance classes, but she is also focusing more on acting. “I have been into acting ever since I joined the school play a couple months ago and played the role of Pinocchio in the play The Quest for Quazimoto,” she stated. Chloe is inspired by actors like Dick Van Dyke and hopes to be an actor or author one day.

Name: Chloe Haffeman
School: Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
Grade: 5
Parents: Katie and Brian
Sibling: Owen (8)
Favorite Places in 92081: The duck pond and my friend’s house