Staff Bios

Rebecca Bauman, Founder and Head Teacher, 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.

Teresita Calalang, Teacher,  graduated with honors as an ECE from Vancouver Community College.  She also has a Bachelor of Elementary Education, and has taught preschool and kindergarten as a certified teacher in the Philippines.  Teresa brings a wide range of creative teaching skills, drawing on her training and experience.  As a teacher, mom and neighbor, Teresa seeks to build positive connections with children and 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.

Marina Stamboulieh, Teacher, is a registered Early Childhood Educator (3-5 and Infant/Toddler) with experience in a variety of early learning and care settings. She completed her diploma in Early Childhood Education at Langara College, where she graduated with honours.  Marina also has a Bachelor of Arts in Art, Cinema and Performance Studies from Simon Fraser University and is passionate about the potential of art experiences to promote creativity, language development, community, and emotional regulation in young children. She values each child’s unique ideas, needs and learning style and is continually in awe of children’s imagination and curiosity!  In her spare time, Marina enjoys drawing, painting and photography. She is also an avid birdwatcher and loves being in nature. Marina loves storytelling and is trained as a Parent-Child Mother Goose Program facilitator. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and teenage daughter who enjoys music, writing and math.  Marina treasures the care and connection that comes with working in the early learning field.