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 be genuine in their practice and grow professionally. Kate also 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 and this is one of the sites for practicum. Kate in 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 been privileged to work and learn with Creative Minds community since then.

Catalina Baeza
Curriculum Specialist

Pedagogical Documentation … for all our learning

Catalina is an Early Childhood 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. 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.

Klara Schoenfeld


Having grown up in the Kootenays, Klara spent most of her childhood playing in the forest and streams on her family’s property.  Klara believes that all children should be afforded the opportunity to experience joy in natural spaces. Klara is an Early Childhood Educator and has many years of experience working with children in a broad range of setting, including forest schools, childcare centres, continuation schools, youth correctional facilities and homes for street youth. She is a lifelong learner, who has studied outdoor education, cultural anthropology, international development, yoga, nutrition and compassionate communication. She is currently learning to play the ukulele.

Klara loves spending time with her husband, daughter and their dog in nature – going for beach walks, forest hikes and bike rides. She also enjoys spending quiet time cooking, crafting, reading and knitting (usually with her daughter).