Instructors & Specialists

Our award winning instructors and mentors are dedicated to ensuring you have an excellent learning experience and a smooth transition into your teaching careers.

Kate McCabe, BEd., MA (UBC) Doctoral Candidate (SFU)
Practicum and Program Director, Faculty

Kate completed an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from UBC. Kate’s thesis showed how sustained, structured conversation helps teachers bring balance into their practice. Kate holds certification as an International Baccalaureate teacher and practices inquiry learning in her work with children. She founded Creative Minds Early Learning Centre in Vancouver in 1982. Kate is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational practice and brings this study to her work with the ECE students.

Kate is the recipient of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in ECE.

Negar Kaviani

Negar moved to Canada in 2010 to pursue her studies in the field of Education. She completed an M.Ed in Instructional Design and Educational Technology in 2013 while she was working as an Early Childhood Educator. With her personal interest in psychology, and mindfulness practices in particular, Negar focuses on designing ” curricula in abundance”. Negar has more than 7 years of experience working with young children as well as mentoring adults ( parents, teachers). She joined Creative Minds in 2018 to obtain her Full ECE license and has worked and learned with Creative Minds community since then.

Catalina Baeza
Curriculum Specialist

“Pedagogical Documentation … for all our learning”

Catalina is an Educator with a background in Arts and mother of two children. She helps us rethink the purpose and heart of education and shift to richer, interwoven ways of understanding our lives together. Pedagogical Documentation is a tool that can help us think deeper, expanding our awareness and capacity for responsiveness with 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. Insights and questions arise in these moments and take hold of us. With this approach in our practice, we question dominant ideas in a continuing dialogue of engaged and engaging reflective practices.

Many of the photos on this website are the product of Cata’s creativity.

Dr. Pille Bunnell
Systems Ecologist

Dr. Pille Bunnell is a systems ecologist who has specialised in the integration and explanation of complex concerns for domain specialists, policy makers, students, and the public. She acted as the Director of Environmental Literacy with an international consulting firm (ESSA Technologies Ltd.) where she conducted integrative projects on Adaptive Environmental Management with concerns ranging from fisheries, to land use management and climate change. Pille designed and co-authored the first State of Environment report for BC, and developed public school curricula on ecology.

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