Alumni Profiles 2020 – 2021

Celebrating our Outstanding Alumni

In honour of the valued work and contributions of the UBC Faculty of Education Alumni, biographies and interviews with our illustrious alumni will be released between 2020 & 2021.


Birgit Freybe Bateman BEd’70

Birgit Freybe Bateman BEd’70 is a retired secondary school art teacher, artist, award-winning photographer, environmentalist, outdoor enthusiast, birdwatcher and lecturer. As a child she emigrated from Germany to Canada with her family in 1955 and began studying at UBC in 1965. Since she was a little girl, she has always done art. The teaching profession allowed her to team up with Robert Bateman in Ontario. Since both had the same interests of art and nature, they married. She was able to help him in every aspect of his career especially once they both retired from teaching early to do art full time. Eventually they moved to Salt Spring Island where both have their studios and their large family can all meet up. This is a huge and important part of her life. They have had classes of students to their studio and have been able to continue their teaching methods there. She is also helping The Bateman Gallery of Nature in Victoria by advising on funding, programs and especially with the Nature Sketch program. She feels that she has been very lucky to travel around the world photographing nature and other cultures. The Peninsula Gallery in Sidney represents her photographs.

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Miranda A. Massie, BA’ 08, MEd’ 19

Miranda Massie, is a Workplace Wellbeing Practices & Learning Consultant with UBC Human Resources.  Her work involves supporting learning practices & curriculum design related to individual and workplace wellbeing.

Miranda has a background in psychology, as well as sexual health and adult education.  She is currently a Mental Health Commission of Canada certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid and The Working Mind and supports mental health literacy training and education within UBC’s workplaces.  Miranda’s work is grounded in health promotion and adult education principles and she believes in empowering employees to make informed decisions that can positively impact their individual wellbeing, as well as the health and culture of the organization.

Outside of work, Miranda spends her time working as a community sexual health educator and teaching Polynesian dance at a local family-run studio.  A born and raised Vancouverite (we are rare!) she loves to spend time walking the streets of local neighbourhoods, being near any body of water, and eating and drinking her way through the city’s newest hotspots.

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