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 Student 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 self interconnected 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

Mary FaiWendy Fai

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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.



Naomi Sugii

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ECE Living Language Institute Foundation

I originally came from Japan. I am living with my husband and my beautiful 5 year old daughter. I used to work as a social worker at non-profit adoption agency in Osaka, Japan. All 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”.


Mai Ikeda

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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.

Klara Schoenfeld

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Klara is an Early Childhood Educator and Children’s Yoga Teacher. She has many years of experience working with children in a broad range of setting, including childcare centres, forest schools, continuation schools and homes for street youth. She currently works at UBC childcare services and Soaring Eagle Nature School. Klara will be joining Creative Minds in May and June on Mondays with a focus on outdoor education and will be back with us in September.


Emma Leacy

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Hi my name is Emma. I am a little place in the south east ​of Ireland ​ called Wexford. I moved to Vancouver on a working holiday visa​.  I love to explore the world. I am excited to embrace everything at Creative Minds which will broaden my teaching experience. I have worked in a Montessori setting for almost three years. I have a Bachelor of Arts (honours) degree in early childhood education and care and a special needs qualification.

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.



Alejandra Rey

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I am a journalist born in Colombia. I lived in Boston ​for a short time ​ and several years in Argentina, ​where​ I finished my studies and began a social entrepreneurship to benefit kids in Maputo Mozambique. My Mozambique project began in 2014 where I was in charge of organizing​people/companies in the donation process, managing​ communication between the beneficiaries​  and the foundations in Maputo (capital of Mozambique)​, ​organizing​ and executing​ annual non-profit events in order to collect school supplies to benefit ​children​in Maputo. All these efforts were based on the idea that education is a fundamental tool for the children in these communities. My interest in studying ​ECE arose from these efforts.

I live in Canada now, with my uncles, my cousin and her three boys. I am very excited to be in this journey here in Canada and look forward to working with you all here at Creative Minds Early Learning Centre.​