Associate Dean – Teacher Education External Advisory Committee

Since 2017, an ad hoc committee was formed to address emergent issues in teacher education.


Dr. Wendy Carr

Dr. Wendy Carr is Associate Dean of Teacher Education and a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. She is an alumna of UVic, UBC and SFU and her research and teaching are in French second language education. She was a teacher in Coquitlam and administrator in Surrey and Vancouver for 34 years, overlapping with 20 years of teaching and administration at UBC.



Rod Brown

Rod Brown is Program Coordinator – Practicum & Field Experience (Elementary & Middle Years) for the Teacher Education Office. He holds an MEd from UBC and was an elementary teacher and vice-principal for 20 years in Mission and Vancouver. In addition to overseeing teacher secondments, Mr. Brown assists with elementary and middle years practicum placements as well as with rural community field experience placements.



Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas is Manager of Recruitment for the Vancouver School Board. She is a UBC Faculty of Education alumna (BEd and MEd) and was a seconded faculty advisor for a number of years. She was a teacher and administrator in Surrey and Vancouver and now works in Human Relations for the VSB.



Kevin Fadum

Kevin Fadum is a District Principal in Human Resources for the Surrey School District with a portfolio that includes recruitment and retention of teaching staff. He is interested in the challenges and opportunities that relate to the transformation of the BC curriculum and innovations in education.



Jonross Fong

Jonross Fong recently completed his Bachelor of Education degree in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme cohort at UBC (2014/15). He is currently working as a teacher on call in the North Vancouver School District.



Glen Hansman

Glen Hansman is an elementary school teacher with the Vancouver School Board and currently President of the BC Teachers’ Federation and member of the BC Teachers Council. Mr. Hansman is a former President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association, was the VSB’s Anti-Homophobia & Diversity Consultant and has taught primarily in special education contexts. He is a UBC alumnus (MA).


Dr. Jan Hare

Dr. Jan Hare is Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and Professor of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education. She is an Anishinaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation, and her research interests include the social practices of literacy in Aboriginal families, schools and communities. Dr. Hare conceptualized and teaches EDUC 440 – Aboriginal Education in Canada, a course taken by all UBC teacher candidates.



Grace Lee

Grace Lee is a recent UBC BEd graduate (Secondary Music). She is currently working as a part-time music teacher at an elementary school in Coquitlam as well as a teacher on call in multiple districts. Her goal as a music educator is to become a UNIQUE teacher: Understanding, Nurturing, Intelligent, Qualified, Uplifting, and Exemplary so that she will serve as a role model for her students.



Sean Lenihan

Sean Lenihan holds a BA (SFU), BEd and MEd (UBC) and taught English Language Learning and Japanese at Port Moody Secondary. He is currently the International Baccalaureate Diploma Coordinator at Port Moody Secondary. Mr. Lenihan was Vice-Chair and is now Chair of the BC Association of IB World Schools.


Stephen McGinley

Steve is a 12-month lecturer and Physical Education area coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. He was PE Department Head and Assistant Athletic Director at a secondary school in the Catholic Independent Schools in Port Coquitlam. He recently completed his MEd at UBC. He believes in engaging all learners and creating and sustaining conditions for professional collaboration.



Dr. Marianne McTavish

Dr. Marianne McTavish is a Senior Instructor in Emergent and Early Literacy in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. She teaches graduate and teacher education courses in early childhood, language, and literacy. Prior to obtaining her PhD at UBC, Marianne taught special education classes and kindergarten through third grade in the public school system for over 25 years.



Dr. Bathseba Opini

Dr. Bathseba Opini is a 12-month lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies. She has taught elementary and high school in Kenya and Canada. Currently, Dr. Opini teaches and coordinates the secondary and elementary Educational Studies courses in the Teacher Education Program and acts as a faculty advisor. Her research interests include teacher education, international education, disability, and inclusive schooling and pedagogy.


Claire Rushton

Claire Rushton is Director of the Teacher Education Office. She has been an educator for over 35 years: teacher in elementary and secondary schools, vice-principal and principal, a counselor, and seconded instructor in UBC’s Teacher Education Program, coordinating the Social and Emotional Learning cohort. She holds two master’s degrees from UBC: one in curriculum and one in counseling psychology.


John Yamamoto

John Yamamoto is Program Coordinator – Practicum and Field Experience (Secondary), for the Teacher Education Office. He holds an MEd from UBC and was a Math & Science teacher for 10 years in Richmond, Trail, Burnaby and as part of Provincial Resource Programs. Mr. Yamamoto coordinates all secondary teacher candidates in the program and oversees the community field experience placement process.