Staff Bios

Rebecca Bauman, Founder ECE and Program Director, has created the Start rebeccaSmart Preschool concept founded on her passion for integrating early learning and the fine arts. She is a talented visual artist and has studied post-secondary fine arts in California and attended TWU and UBC. She received her ECE graduating with honours. Rebecca has worked with children over many years in various settings, including touring with a theatre company and as a singer musician performing for children in many venues. Her professional experiences in both teaching young children and mentoring their parents have seeded her vision of what early learning environments can offer families.

Ivy Dongyun Su, Teacher, is a University Graduate and a certified Early Childhood Educator.  As a public school teacher with 15 years of experience, Ivy was both a primary school teacher and a vice-principal. As an ECE, she has taught preschoolers and toddlers with special needs for 12 years and has worked and trained with Miss Rebecca and the Start Smart Preschool Approach since 2010. When she is not teaching preschool, Ivy is a dedicated and active mom with two school-aged children. Her own kids love music and art, and enjoy playing the cello and piano. Ivy is an avid hiker and swimmer, and loves family activities.

Erin Robertson returns to Vancouver Start Smart Preschool, after a sojourn on Vancouver Island,  as Artistic Director, and as both our Preschool Dance and Movement Specialist, and Drama Specialist.

Erin, aka Miss Erin,  studied dance at Ryerson University and has a Bachelor of Education Degree from UBC.

She has performed throughout North America with various dance companies and as a member of the Broadway Chorus Musical Theatre group, The CanSing Choir and Giggles and Gags Sketch Comedy Troupe.

She taught for 7 years in the Kamloops School District at Beattie Fine Arts School and has taught dance and music theatre to children of all ages for the past 25 years.

Ruby Sirjusingh is a registered Early Childhood Educator with experience in a variety of early learning and care settings. She completed her diploma in Early Childhood Education at Langara College.   Most recently she has taught kindergarten in Trinadad and Tobago.In addition to her ECE experiences, Ruby has extensive training in multi-sensory teaching and learning.   She is keenly interested in helping Dyslexic children. She values each child’s unique ideas, needs and learning style!

Ruby is married, has an 18 year old son, and lives in East Vancouver. In her spare time, Ruby enjoys reading, sewing and watching TV. She loves gardening!

Ruby treasures the care and connection that comes with working in the early learning field and is very much looking forward to meeting the children and families at the preschool!