Associate Dean – Teacher Education External Advisory Committee

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

Dr. Marianne McTavish

Dr. McTavish is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education at UBC since 1990; her contributions have been recognized with a the Murray Elliott Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teacher Education Program and the Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Emerging Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association. Her time at UBC intersected with a 31-year teaching career in Surrey and West Vancouver. She has worked closely with the Ministry of Education in developing curriculum and assessment materials and has served with the BC Teachers Federation as a Provincial Specialist Association Vice-President. Her research work with early childhood teacher candidates and digital literacies reconceptualizes the way literacy is taught and practiced. She has authored several professional resources in addition to scholarly articles and chapters on young children’s emergent literacy learning, teacher education, and family literacy.


Caitlin Blaschuk

Caitlin Blaschuk is an elementary & middle years faculty advisor and cohort coordinator for the CITE cohort.


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.


Neder Dhillon

Neder Dhillon is Assistant Superintendent of Surrey Schools.


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.


Norma Jamieson

Norma Jamieson is a faculty advisor for the secondary BEd program.


Surita Jhangiani

Surita Jhangiani is an instructor in Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education.


Magdalena Kassis

Magdalena Kassis is Director of BCPVPA Member Support Services.


Farah Meralli

Farah Meralli is a school Advisor at J.N. Burnett Secondary School.


Corrine Monger

Corrine Monger is District Administrator, Human Resources, in School District No. 38 (Richmond).


Jordan Parhar

Jordan Parhar is a recent alum (BEd, ’19) from the elementary & middle years BEd program.


Sara Peerless

Sara Peerless is a school advisor at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School.


Bette Shippam

Bette Shippam is Program Coordinator – Student Services (Secondary) in the Teacher Education Office.

  • Instructor, Vancouver Community College (2005-2006), Thompson Rivers University (2000-2001), Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (1991-1998 & 2002-2003)
  • Teacher, Merritt (1998-2000), secondary English, Drama, Math, Native Education
  • Teacher, Vancouver (1978-1980) and South Cariboo (1980-1982), elementary


Kyra Wasik

Kyra Wasik is a recent alum of the BEd secondary program.



John Yamamoto

John Yamamoto is Director of 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. Prior to the role of director, Mr. Yamamoto was program coordinator for practicum and field experience (secondary).