Who are the Early Childhood Educators

  • Kate Bio photo fireweedKate 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.


Iris Tridico  ECE Certificate

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 prefer to work with people in a way that positively affects their lives. Motivated to seek a career that I feel passionate about, I traveled to Vancouver, Canada in 2016.

Spending time with children 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!  

Iris speaks Portuguese and can converse in Spanish 


Ally Aleshia Vaz (MBA) ECE Certificate 

Hello! My name is Aleshia Vaz and I moved to Canada from India. I have a very supportive spouse and two loving girls that are most precious to me. I have a master’s degree from United States and have been in the field of education for nearly 7 years, as an educator and as an administrative staff. My experiences stem from my work in both, India and United States. I am very passionate in my work with children. I view children as active participants that are fully potential and capable. My personal idea of being with children is to provide a child-led space within a community-based approach, where learning takes place through experiences and social interactions; it is where children feel safe and curious to explore their environment. I hope to engage with children, providing an experience without deciding what that experience could be to them.

My hobbies and interests include painting, bicycling, traveling, exploring outdoors, road trips and meditating. Hope this little peek into my world has made you feel comfortable about me.

Aleshia speaks English, Hindi and Marathi



Nayer Zia.  (B.Ed). ECE

I am Nayer Zia. I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I graduated from Middlesex University, UK in 2016 with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education(ECE).I have been in the early childhood education field for over 13 years. My keen interest in working with children began with my experiences  with my two beautiful babies. Becoming a mother motivated me to learn more about the different rhythms in early childhood and how children encounter the world. My goal is to support children in their unique learning journeys. I believe children are capable and I want to nurture their “playful” experiences.  

My hobbies include reading, cooking, travelling, exercising and meditating.

Nayer speaks the following languages: Urdu, English, Hindi, Punjabi & Cantonese (Conversant)

Rebecca Dillabough. ECE

Rebecca was born and raised in Vancouver. She graduated from Langara in 2018 with a diploma in family studies with an emphasis on developmental psychology.  She 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.

Anjana Agarwal B.Ed. ECE (arriving later in 2021)

Anjana is from NewDelhi, the capital city of India. She is a postgraduate with a major in English and has attained a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor,  Ontario.She is passionate about helping children and ECE candidates learn and grow by exploring nature and the community around them.  Anjana has spent many years working in a Montessori Kindergarten and was the Elementary school head. Anjana also loves reading, cooking, playing with dogs and spending time with nature, her son and her parents. 

Anjana speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi and understands Urdu and a little Marathi