Syndicate One, Years 0-2, Staff Profiles

Reception Class

Julia Holland

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School for approximately 12 years and I have taught a range of year levels from year 0 to year 6. I am thrilled to currently be teaching the new entrants classroom. My own daughter started school last year and this experience helps me to appreciate the process that parents and children go through when they transition to school. I am a caring, nurturing person with a bubbly personality. I enjoy getting to know all the individuals in my class and seeing them grow. I organise activities that are hands on, engaging and in a real life context. My goal is to help all children to feel comfortable and confident in the environment so that they are willing to try new things and thrive. I am privileged to be a part of the beginning of your child’s primary school learning journey. 
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially my 5 year old daughter (who attends Lincoln Primary), my 1 year old son and my partner Patrick. I love the outdoors, gardening, running, biking and cooking. 

Toya MacKenzie

Miranda Little

Since 2015, I have worked at Lincoln Primary School in various roles, both part-time and full time. Prior to that, I was relieving at a variety of schools within the cluster and marking assignments for Canterbury University while my daughters were young. Now, my children both attend Lincoln Primary and it is exciting for us all to be part of this dedicated, diverse and inclusive school community. 
My first years of teaching began in Auckland in 1999 where I taught at a state school and later in the private school sector. Whilst teaching in Auckland, I studied part-time to gain a Masters of Education with first class Honours. I thrive on learning and am passionate to share my love of learning with my students in a calm and student-centred environment.
Outside of school, I enjoy family time exploring the great outdoors with our dog, keeping active and supporting my children in their various sports and activities. I also love reading, travelling and catching up with family and friends.

Year 1

Georgiana Willetts

Having been born in Christchurch and then growing up in the small town of Pukekohe, I decided to make my teaching dream a reality and move back to Christchurch. I began a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Canterbury in 2014. 
Instantly I gained a strong connection with the community when I began teaching at Lincoln Primary School.  The friendly atmosphere, well-mannered children, welcoming parents and staff, is a culture every teacher strives for in their career.  My role as one of the teachers welcoming our new entrants into the school environment is an absolute pleasure. Helping them transition into school routines and sharing their early learning moments is very special. I look forward to experiencing many more milestones with the Lincoln Primary School.
Christchurch has captured my heart after returning and living here for 5 years.
I love the cloudless skies while walking around Hagley Park or one of the scenic tracks on the Port Hills.  I like to discover new places, travel, and  dine with my friends and family during the weekends. My passion for all things creative lead me to taking professional photographs, painting and listening to music, when I am not teaching.

Becky Hourston

Tena Koutou, I am working in the Year One team here at Lincoln Primary School. From a very young age I had a natural gravitation towards occupations working with tamariki and I have been privileged enough for over 20 years now, to have worked in a wide variety of roles with children both here in NZ and abroad. I completed my BTchLn here in Canterbury, graduating in 2007 with a Primary Teaching Degree. I also hold a qualification in Early Childhood Education and have worked predominantly in this sector. I am very passionate about my teaching role and strive to build solid relationships with my learners as I believe that is at the core of successful teaching and learning. I am a born and raised Southland girl, however I have lived in many locations throughout my years. More  recently I have relocated from Christchurch Central to Lincoln with my lovely whanau and it is an absolute pleasure to be a part of a wonderful diverse community.

Karen Nicholas

Year 2

Mandy O'Sullivan

Learning Leader

I started teaching at Lincoln Primary School at the beginning of Term 3 2017 after having taught at Somerfield School for 12 years in the senior school. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of teaching at the new entrants level. The delight that children of this age show when discovering and learning new things is a very precious opportunity and I count myself very lucky to be able to witness this everyday.Outside of school I am kept very busy with caring after a variety of animals, our very large garden and spending time with my friends and family and my husband, Patrick.

Hannah Fechney

Kia ora, I graduated with a Bachelor in Teaching and Learning through the University of Canterbury at the end of 2019 and I am new to Lincoln Primary this year. I absolutely love teaching and the ever changing nature of the job. My husband Mark and I have two children who are 9 and 11 years old. We also have a dog called Charlie who we love to bits. We have just moved to Canterbury after living in Nelson for the last 10 years. My hobbies include reading, spending time with the family and riding my electric bike when I’m feeling energetic!

Jade Gardner

I graduated from Christchurch University in December 2018, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary). My final placement was spent working with the Year 2’s at Lincoln Primary School from the middle of Term 3 last year. I was overjoyed to be offered the opportunity to continue working with the Year 2’s until the end of the year. I feel very grateful and excited to now be part of the Year 3 team and are very much looking forward to what the year ahead will bring. 
I am originally from the UK and have been in New Zealand for around 6 years. My Bachelors degree is in Aquatic Zoology. I have spent the last 6 years working in the conservation field with both the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries. I have a very strong interest in the environment and sustainability in general.. Outside of school I enjoy to surf and practice yoga.

Karen James

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School since 2006 and during my time  here I have taught almost every year level. I entered The Christchurch College of Education after having spent time at home bringing up my own children and I have never once regretted my career change! I love the fact that every day brings something new and often surprising. Watching children's’ eyes light up when they suddenly realise that they ‘got it’ is a huge buzz. Outside of school I love to spend time with my 3 sons and my husband John. I enjoy reading historical novels, watching movies and traveling. I am an avid fan of theme parks - the more extreme the ride, the better! I imagine that most children I have taught wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that I am a huge Disney fan!