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
Doctoral Candidate (SFU)
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 and stories 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 Permanent Position ECE

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., ECE. Permanent Position CM

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)

Jessica Leung BA, BEd, MEd (Candidate)

Jessica loves to learn and explore. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Jessica has fond childhood memories playing and creating imaginative stories in the beautiful forest. Upon completing her Bachelor of Education at UBC in 2014, Jessica’s passion for travel brought her abroad and teach children from early years to grade six. Upon returning to Canada in 2022, Jessica continues to remotely provide educational support and care as an education advisor for expat families and their Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in East and Southeast Asia. Jessica hopes to nurture each child’s heart, natural curiosities and love for learning. Jessica will complete her Master of Education at UBC in spring 2023 Jessica loves the colour yellow, watermelon, dinosaurs, spicy foods, listening to podcasts and her little black dog Maggie.

Jessica speaks: English, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin (basic)

Cecilia graduated from Selkirk College with a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. As an Early Childhood Educator, she provides children with learning environments that allow them to flourish. She fosters relationships of love between children and educators, and nurtures children to see one another as competent and spirited citizens who learn best through play. Children’s innate curiosity, and their capacity to observe and express joy in the world, are the gifts Cecilia feels honoured to receive. 

Cecilia speaks Spanish and English.