Who are the Educators

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

Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in ECE: Supervisor Category
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

Screen Shot 2021-05-24 at 6.39.04 PMCatalina Baeza. B.F.A. Chili. ECE Certificate. 

Catalina is an Educator with a background in Arts and mother of two children. She believes we need to rethink the purpose and heart of education and shift to richer, interwoven ways of understanding our lives together. Cata provides leadership to the staff with regard to fostering caring and connected relationships with children.  She also provides guidance to the ECEs on how to express what they see and hear through pedagogical documentation which can help ECEs and families expand their capacity for responsiveness to children. It is a practice of deep engagement, a way of paying attention to the children and ourselves. It is making visible how we educators think about a moment in a child’s life that we witness with reverence and curiosity. 

Cata speaks English and Spanish.


Nayer Zia.  (B.Ed). Permanent ECE

Nayer Zia was born in Hong Kong. She graduated from Middlesex University, UK in 2016 with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and has been in the early childhood education field for over 13 years. Her interest in working with children began with her experiences with her two beautiful babies. Becoming a mother motivated her to learn more about the different rhythms in early childhood and how children encounter the world. Her goal is to support children in their unique learning journeys. She believes children are capable and wants to nurture their “playful” experiences.  Her hobbies include reading, cooking, travelling, exercising and meditating.

Nayer speaks Urdu, English, Hindi, Punjabi & Cantonese (Conversant)

Rebecca Dillabough. ECE Team Lead (on a one year contract ending August 2022)

Rebecca was born in Vancouver. She graduated from Langara in 2018 with a diploma in family studies with an emphasis on developmental psychology.  She has 8 years of experience in customer service and 5 years of experience leading art classes with children.  She support children through storytelling, art, and dramatic play.   She is also an animal lover and has a German Shepherd and an 18 year old rescue cat. She is working with her cousin to find a place to open a child care program at the end of 2022.

Gema was born in Valencia Spain and holds a graduate degree in Early Childhood Educationat Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir University (UCV, 2014). She has taught in Valencia, Spain and Miami, USA.  These experiences have helped her learn the importance of dialogue and especially the art of active listening where he models how to inquire into the world, self and others with respect, admiration, peace and love.  She hopes to help children express what they know about the world and how they want to integrate new ideas. 

She speaks Spanish and Valenciano (the dialect of her city) and Spanish Sign Language (she is building her ASL skills and knowledge).

Daisy was born in China and has recently begun her working journey with preschool aged children.  She is very excited to be in this field which has been her dream since she was a child.  Daisy is a patient and caring person which are essential characteristics of an educator.  She likes drawing, crafting and singing and wants to inspire children to let their creativity flourish. Daisy speaks Mandarin as her first language.