Traci Baillie

Principal and Head Teacher

Traci Baillie has over 26 years of experience in Canada and overseas as a teacher, curriculum developer, consultant, and administrator. Before joining Claren Academy 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 & Foundations from the University of Manitoba, along with specialized training from Université de Montréal‎ and Université Laval in second language acquisition. She considers it her job to continuously learn and evolve as a teacher and leader, with the goal of inspiring all children to develop their creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking skills. When not involved in some education endeavour, she loves to travel and have fun with her two teenagers and husband.

Douglas McQuiggan

Primary Teacher

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 is excited to share the same level of enthusiasm he demonstrates on stage with the students of Claren Academy.

Nicole Malcomson

Primary Teacher

Nicole brings valuable experience in outdoor and experiential education to Claren Academy via her Bachelor of Education degree and time working at traditional summer camps. Nicole has previous experience working in a theme and project-based school and is very passionate about hands-on lessons and learning beyond the classroom. She brings innovative techniques, enthusiasm, and dedication to her teaching, and applies inquiry and play-based learning to her lessons. Outside of the classroom Nicole spends her time exploring Vancouver and the surrounding mountains snowboarding, camping, and kayaking.


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

Academic Advisor

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

Academic Advisor

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.

James J. Clark

Academic Advisor

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.

Tracy Gates

Literacy Advisor

Tracy Gates has over 23 years of experience teaching K-7, as well as student teachers from UBC and SFU. Tracy holds a B. Ed from the University of Saskatchewan and a M. A. from UBC in Curriculum and Instruction. She has experience writing curriculum, piloting social entrepreneurship programs for children, and working with diverse learners. She currently works in Vancouver as a resource teacher, and has implemented a successful new literacy program at several schools. Tracy is also one of the founders of Proyecto Maltioxinem, teaching English to elementary school age girls and single mothers in the rural Mayan community of San Pedro la Laguna.

Bernie Clark

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 Lok

Administrative Advisor

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.

Kathryn Clark

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.

Ryan Clark

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 Reilly


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 Cheng


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 Jones


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.