Syndicate One, Years 0-2, Staff Profiles

Kaiako - Reception

Miranda Smith

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 dogs, keeping active and supporting my children in their various sports and activities. I also love reading, travelling and catching up with family and friends.

Rebekah Irvine

I have just graduated last year from Canterbury University with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and have the great privilege of joining Lincoln Primary School this year. I grew up in Nelson and have been living in Christchurch for 3 years. I enjoy teaching The Arts and Mathematics and aim on creating an environment that sparks creativity and curiosity. I believe that having good relationships with both ākonga and whānau is a crucial step in a child's success at school. I am delighted to be teaching in Syndicate 1 and get great joy in watching them discover their love for learning.

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.

Julia Holland

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School for approximately 13 years. I have spent most of my teaching career in the junior area but I have also taught up to year 6. 
I enjoy getting to know all the children in my class and their families. I am privileged to teach them at the start of their learning at primary school and I thoroughly enjoy watching them develop and be successful. 
I like teaching all areas of the curriculum but I have a passion for science, literacy and mathematics. I have been teaching structured literacy for the last year and half and I have fully embraced it. 
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my 2 children aged 7 and 3 and my husband Patrick. I love the outdoors, gardening, running, biking, cooking and renovating our 100 year old cottage! 
I hope your children enjoy their first year at school.

Hannah Fechney

Kia ora koutou, I graduated with a Bachelor in Teaching and Learning through the University of Canterbury and this is my third year teaching at Lincoln Primary. I am passionate about teaching Literacy and Art 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.

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. 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 being kept busy with my children.

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!

Karen Nicholas

I am very happy to be a part of the Lincoln Primary School community. 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 tamariki  to shine. I am passionate about equal opportunities for all tamariki.

Hannah Bridgman-Smith

I have four tamariki who currently attend Lincoln Primary School and this year I am part of the year 2 teaching team. 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. I enjoy hands-on experiential science where ākonga are given the opportunity to integrate their learning with other curriculum areas such as literacy and numeracy. These offer authentic learning experiences whereby tamariki are engaged and self-motivated.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.