Syndicate One, Years 0-2, Staff Profiles

Kaiako - Reception Class

Hannah Fechney

Kia ora koutou, I graduated with a Bachelor in Teaching and Learning through the University of Canterbury at the end of 2019 and this is my second year teaching at Lincoln Primary. This year I have the privilege of welcoming children to Lincoln Primary as the new entrance teacher. I am passionate about teaching and aim to provide my students with a caring and safe environment to be creative, learn and grow. After living in Nelson for the last 10 years, my husband Mark and I and our two children Ben and Ella are loving Selwyn and enjoy spending time together and exploring the region.

Kaiako - Hannah Bridgman-Smith

I have four tamariki who attend Lincoln Primary School and I now have the privilege to be part of the teaching team in Syndicate One this year. Prior to teaching I have over 10 years experience in Graphic Design and since having tamariki of my own, I decided to study and become a teacher. My teaching career has only just begun, however, I am dedicated and enthusiastic in providing new opportunities and creative learning experiences for the tamariki to help them grow and learn. When I am not at school, I enjoy socialising with friends and whānau, watching my tamariki play sport, walks up the Port Hills, beaches, watersports, netball, touch, movies, books, and relaxing at home.

Kaiako - Laura Mummery

I started teaching at Lincoln Primary School in 2017. I completed my studies at the University of Auckland where I taught for 3 years before moving back home to Christchurch. I love being back home closer to family and working in the community where I grew up.  I am excited to be part of Syndicate 1 this year. I enjoy teaching Mathematics and Reading and thinking of new ways we can support and encourage all learners to feel success in the classroom. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, being active, getting outside and spending time as a family.

Kaiako - Year 1

Mandy O'Sullivan

Kaiwhakahaere Hapori Tahi - 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 junior 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.

Kaiako - 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 year 1 students in Pakura. 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 6 year old daughter (who attends Lincoln Primary), my 2 year old son and my partner Patrick. I love the outdoors, gardening, running, reading, biking and cooking.

Kaiako - Year 2

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!

Kaiako - Karen Nicholas

I am very happy to continue to be a part of the Lincoln Primary School community in 2021, especially as I will be able to continue the relationships I have built with the children I taught in Year 1. I began my teaching career in a large, multicultural primary school in London. I have now taught in New Zealand for over 20 years. My personal teaching philosophy is that education should be fun, child centred, fostering inquiry and independence within a positive, secure environment, that allows all pupils to shine.

Kaiako - Jill Johnson

I moved from England to New Zealand in 2009 and feel privileged to live in beautiful Selwyn.  Previously, I taught in Germany, England and several schools around Canterbury.  I began teaching at Lincoln Primary School during 2017 and love working here.    
I have a musical background and enjoy making music and performing with children.  I learnt to play the Euphonium and Piano when I was very young and continue today as a member of Addington Brass.  We perform regularly in The Transitional Cardboard Cathedral and other venues, contesting annually around New Zealand.  I have a few enthusiastic piano students and love singing great choral classics in choirs when I have time to do so.  Once again I will be encouraging and supporting children who involve themselves in the various music ensembles on offer at Lincoln Primary School.  I hope to raise a senior and junior choir this year and enable the children to participate in Christchurch music events.   
In my spare time I like to visit the cinema, dine out and explore New Zealand.  To stay healthy I enjoy walking, cycling and skiing.  I am married to Nick and together we have two fantastic grown up boys.  As a family we regularly support The Crusaders and The All Blacks.