Possessing world class expertise and experience, Claren Academy's educators, advisors, and directors are dedicated to providing the best possible education for our students.
Tracy Gates has over 24 years of experience teaching learners in K-7, as well as student teachers from UBC and SFU. Tracy holds a B. Ed from the University of Saskatchewan and an M. A. from UBC in Curriculum and Instruction. She has experience writing curriculum, piloting social entrepreneurship programs for children, and working with diverse learners in Canada and abroad. Her previous administration experience involved being a District Mentor in the Vancouver School Board and Vice-Principal in the New Westminster School District. Her passions are literacy, social justice and supporting teachers’ growth. Tracy is also one of the founders of Project Maltioxinem, a registered charity that provides free English classes to elementary school-age girls and mothers in the rural Mayan community of San Pedro La Laguna. When not consuming educational books, she likes to play beach volleyball, listen to podcasts, and spend time with her family.
Teacher and Technology Coordinator
Douglas obtained his H.B.Sc and Masters of Teaching from the University of Toronto. During his education he conducted independent research on teachers who use technology to promote real world connections with the curriculum. Beyond teaching, Douglas is a published neuroscience researcher who investigated memory through novel and innovative imaging techniques. He has been a performing musician for over 15 years and shares the same level of enthusiasm he demonstrates on stage with the students of Claren Academy.
Intermediate Teacher and Language Specialist
Wendy Lo has been teaching for over 15 years. She holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Studies (HKU), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (UBC), a Bachelor of Education degree with an elementary concentration (UBC), and a Teach English and a Foreign Language Certificate. As a BC Certified teacher, she has taught in Vancouver and aboard. Wendy is excited about using her experience in different countries to ignite the potential in all children to become successful and independent learners. She aims to foster experiences that encourage lifelong learning and fond school memories at Claren Academy. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys baking, exploring new recipes, experiencing new cultures and foods, cycling and spending time with her family and friends.
Andrea Avery hails from a small town in Prince Edward Island where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Prince Edward Island as an English major with a Theatre Studies minor. She then continued on to obtain her Bachelor of Education degree with a focus on Early Years studies as well as an ArtSmarts specialization and an Indigenous Education specialization. Andrea taught for seven years in various parts of Alberta and is excited to have the opportunity to teach in British Columbia at Claren Academy! When not in the classroom, Andrea enjoys all aspects of theatre (technical, performing, and viewing) as well as swimming, board games, exploring Vancouver, and spending time with her family and friends.
Marlee Hutchings acquired her Bachelor of Education with an elementary focus from the University of Alberta. She has seven years of experience teaching in primary classrooms from both northern Alberta and the United Arab Emirates. While teaching in the United Arab Emirates, Marlee sought to become a certified children’s yoga instructor as she incorporates movement and mindfulness into daily classroom activities. She is thrilled to join Claren Academy and share her love of learning with all the students. When she isn’t at school, Marlee can often be found reading, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and traveling to new places!
Chantelle Chow has always had a passion for working with children of all ages. When interacting with her students, she sees them as competent and capable individuals. She values seeing strengths in all her students and is intuitive with their needs to help them grow into the best versions of themselves. Chantelle has attended the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She has acquired a degree in education with studies in psychology and early learning. Prior to the BEd program, she gained experience working in after school care settings and summer camps. Growing up she was exposed to various extracurricular activities such as rhythmic gymnastics, dance, music, rowing, and swimming. Chantelle is so excited to join the Claren Academy team this year and is eager to pass on her skills to her students.
Hayley Carkner has a dual role at Claren Academy, combining administrative and classroom responsibilities. She plays an integral role in fostering and maintaining the warm, well-organized community that makes our students so comfortable and happy in their school. As a mother of a Claren Academy founding student, she has witnessed firsthand our children thriving and developing as creative critical thinkers and future entrepreneurs, and is proud to have joined the staff. Prior to becoming a mother of two children, Hayley pursued an Australian Bachelor of Education degree. Through her studies and working as a full-time nanny, she discovered a deep love and gratification for helping children gain independence and confidence through practical experiences. These skills and interests, along with strong organization and initiative serve her, as well as the Claren students, in her role as school assistant. Hayley is looking forward to completing her education and practicum studies in Canada.
Dr. Marilyn Chapman
Early Years Education Advisor
Dr. Marilyn Chapman spent the first half of her professional life in the field as an elementary teacher, learning assistant, school administrator, and language arts coordinator in the Delta SD, as well as program developer at the BC Ministry of Education. She began at UBC in 1991 and became a Full Professor in 2004, was Associate Dean for Teacher Education from 2000-2002, and was appointed Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (IECER) in 2005. Marilyn maintained her leadership at the BC Ministry of Education as Lead Writer of the BC Primary Program in 2000 and 2010, and Full Day Kindergarten Guide in 2010. She retired from UBC in 2015, after 50 years as an award-winning educator and leader in the field of early childhood learning.
Charles Fadel is the Founder and Chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, and has many affiliations including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where he is a Visiting Practitioner exploring curriculum redesign concepts. He is a global education thought leader, futurist, and expert, author and inventor. His latest book, Four Dimensional Education – The Competencies Students Need to Succeed has been greatly influential for governments, parents, and schools.
Yong Zhao is a Foundations Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. His research interests include educational policy, computer gaming and education, diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, and globalization and education. He explores these subjects in over 30 books, including World Class Learners, which is a must-read for parents and teachers interested in curriculum reform.
Traci Baillie has over 26 years of experience in Canada and overseas as a teacher, curriculum developer, consultant, and administrator. Before joining Claren Academy as the founding principal she was a member of the Faculty of Education at UBC, training teachers and pre-service teachers. She holds a Masters of Education in Administration and Foundations from the University of Manitoba, along with specialized training from Université de Montréal and Université Laval in second language acquisition.
James J. Clark
James obtained his B.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He was on the Faculty of the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, and is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, where he is the Director of the McGill Research Centre for Intelligent Machines. He also served as the Associate Dean, Academic, of the Faculty of Engineering at McGill where he oversaw all undergraduate teaching programs in Engineering.
Physical Education Advisor
Bernie holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Waterloo and has worked as part of the senior executive team of Canada’s largest and oldest hi-tech space company for 30 years. In addition he is a full-time yoga and meditation instructor and author: his books, videos, trainings, and workshops have been read and seen by people all over the globe.
John is an educational leader and senior administrator with over 10 years of experience in developing and sustaining non-profit educational organisations. He has headed and served as advisor in schools with diverse settings and curricula. With a passion for individual learning needs, John volunteers in extra-curricular teaching and parent education.
Co-founder and Executive Director
Kathryn Clark is a Registered Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with and advising non-profit organizations. She is also a mother to two young boys, and is committed to providing them with a forward-thinking, world class education at Claren Academy.
Co-founder and Director
Ryan is a serial entrepreneur and an award winning video game developer. He holds a degree in Microbiology & Immunology from UBC. A self-taught programmer and game designer, Ryan knows first hand the value of “learning how to learn” and hopes to ignite that same love of learning in Claren Academy’s students.
Katherine is a practicing lawyer and Partner at McMillan LLP, one of Canada’s leading business law firms. Katherine’s desire to help Claren succeed stems in part from her law practice, where she regularly assists tech entrepreneurs with legal matters, and sees first hand their motivation and passion. She is also an advisor and volunteer with App Camp For Girls, a summer day camp aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in the software development profession.
Jamie founded Klei Entertainment in 2005 in a rented basement, and steadily built it to be a thriving independent developer of original games. Klei’s award-winning games are played by millions of people worldwide. Jamie holds a B.Sc. in Computing Science and is a programmer, producer, and game designer.
Jennifer has over ten years of experience with non-profit organizations. After completing a Bachelor of Science at UBC, she went on to earn her accounting designation (CPA, CA) while working at Deloitte. Since 2011, she has worked with the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC in a number of leadership roles, and is currently in the Professional Development Department. Her combined love of numbers and continuous learning serve her well both in her career, and in her role on the board of Claren Academy.
A Math and Language Arts teacher by training in such diverse locations as Swaziland and the Kainai Reserve in Alberta, Rob’s career turned 90 degrees into administration while working in the United Arab Emirates when Ramadan crept into his teaching practice. Upon returning to Canada, he joined the Sauder school of Business and is currently Director of Learning Services. Rob’s interest in contributing to Claren stems from his involvement over the past few years with the public education system. He believes that Claren Academy can positively influence significant change within the public system for all students in the province by modelling a new paradigm. Helping a school such as Claren navigate the waters as an educator, an educational technologist, a parent (whose son attends UHill Secondary), and a senior administrator at UBC will go a long way in helping all children of BC.