Kate McCabe,
BEd., MA (UBC) Doctoral Candidate (SFU), Founder and Director

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Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in ECE: Supervisor Category
Doctoral Candidate (SFU/UBC since 2014)
Master of Arts (Curriculum) UBC 2000
Bachelor of Education UBC 1994
ECE Langara 1984
Leading for Tomorrow in ECE 2000
Mentoring Project 1998
ECE PLAR Mentor Assessor Training 2009

Kate McCabe is the founder and executive director of Creative Minds. Her educational background has equipped her to develop and support a full range of activities for the children. Kate continues to study educational philosophy and curriculum and is offers a Registered Early Childhood Education training program which increases the number of teachers working directly with children at Creative Minds and supports staff development. Kate has taught kindergarten and grade 1 in an International Baccalaureate school and is a Distance Learning teacher teaching children in K to grade 9.  Kate enjoys leading the children in song and finding new books to share and study.  Her doctoral research focuses on phenomenological hermeneutics (focus on interpretation, understanding and meaning of phenomena) and uses performance as a way to explore the interconnectedness with the wold.

International Baccalaureate Training:

  • Level 3. Science in the PYP 2013,
  • English Language in the Diploma Program 2012,
  • Learner Profile Across the Grades 2011,
  • Assessment in the PYP 2009,
  • Early Childhood Education 2008
  • International Mindedness 2008
  • Primary Years Program 2008

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Early Childhood Education VEMC 2007
Montessori 2007
Business Management Langara 2005
International Baccalaureate Level 1 2008
International Baccalaureate Level 2 2011
Song Games Development Training 2008
Grade 8 RCM piano
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Mary is the team lead at Creative Minds and brings her 10 years of experience toward supporting the staff in their teaching.  Mary sees the child as a curious and unique individual. Mary provides the guidance and tools to help the children discover their world. The children’s excitement as they are learning spreads quickly through Creative Minds and beyond our walls as she helps the children make contact with the neighbourhood. Mary has a strong interest in languages. Other than Mandarin and Cantonese, she studied French and Japanese for many years. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, strolling on sandy beaches during the summers and experiencing the healing effects of yoga.


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I was born in Japan. I live with my husband and my beautiful 9 year old daughter on the North Shore. I used to work as a social worker at non-profit adoption agency in Osaka, Japan. All the families and children taught me: “Family is not about blood, it is about who is willing to hold your hand when you need it the most”.  During my free time, I enjoy sewing, knitting, hiking and jogging. During the winter time, my family enjoys snowshoeing and skiing every weekend.

Mai Ikeda Visit her blog

Mai comes from Japan.  The town is called Komatsu and is a countryside landscape.  This has been important to Mai.  She loves the outdoors, the freedom to play amid trees and rocks and dirt. She still climbs mountains and swims in rivers and oceans.  She is a middle child with an older sister and younger brother.  This has helped her learn to see multiple perspectives.


Dawn Campbell 

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Dawn grew up in Vancouver and now enjoys life with her husband and three energetic boys. She has been caring for children, most of her life. She graduated from the full time Early Childhood Education program at Living Language Institute Foundation in 2015. With a background in theatre and circus; mixed with a love of the outdoors, she believes play is the most essential part of childhood. Dawn started a forest preschool in South East Vancouver after graduating from the ECE program. She brings her knowledge of Gordon Neufeld, The Whole Brain Child, Non Violent Communication, storytelling and her love of learning about nature to Creative Minds.

Czarisse De Vera

Zar came to Vancouver from the Philippines six years ago. She’s been working with children for the past eight years. She is an Early Childhood Education student. Working with children has always been her passion. She loves to travel and discover different cultures.  She is ecstatic to be part of the Creative Minds family, having this privilege helps prepare her to be a better educator.




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Elly (Jeonglim Jeon)

Elly taught in an elementary school in Korea for 3 years before moving to Canada.  She majored in Fine Arts Education in graduate school and studied traditional ink painting at university. She enjoys crafting, drawing, listening to music and doing yoga. She is very interested in the many ways children learn.  Elly started my studies of ECE at LLIF in October 2017. One of her favourite aspects of Early Childhood Education is being able to be a part of the everyday events of the children.  She learn so much too!  It is the best part of her life.

Iris Tridico

Hello! My name is Iris! I am originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where I graduated from a program in International Relations in 2012 and worked as a Product Analyst for almost five years. This office experience made me realize that I would prefer to work with people in a way that positively affects their lives. Motivated to seek a career that I feel passionate about, I travelled to Vancouver, Canada in 2016.

Spending time with children in children’s environments has been an important part of my life since I arrived in the country. I achieved my ECE certificate in 2019 and I am really excited about being part of the Creative Minds family. I believe that working with children in their early years is meaningful and can impact children´s lives and society as a whole. I am looking forward to turning my passion for children and education into a lifetime career!

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