Syndicate One, Years 0-2, Staff Profiles

Reception Class

Samara Brown

Authentic Learning Leader

I am now into my second year teaching at Lincoln Primary and I am currently teaching at the Reception/Year 1 level. I feel very privileged to be a part of such a friendly and enthusiastic staff. This year I am taking on the role of Authentic Learning Leader for Syndicate 1. I am passionate about creating engaging and exciting learning opportunities for my students in all learning areas, particularly Maths, the Arts and P.E. I have worked previously in Ashburton, Burnham and Sri Lanka, at the year 2/3 level.In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, playing sport, travelling and spending time with my wonderful partner and our friends.

Toya Mackenzie-Woodgate

Last year I taught in the year 2 space here at Lincoln Primary and had lots of fun getting to know the children, families and staff. In term 3 of 2018 I excitedly went on maternity leave. This year I was so happy to be told that I would be teaching in the Reception learning space. I love teaching and learning alongside 5 year olds and getting to know their personalities. I especially love doing art and construction in class as well as making learning fun so that it is memorable.  My husband, Callum and daughter, Lillian enjoy living locally with our 3 dogs. We love to get out and about in the mountains, local rivers or Lake Ellesmere.

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.

Bronwyn Maddox

I am looking forward to working in the Year 1 team again this year.
I completed my Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North and quickly jumped onboard the idea of travelling. I taught the Reception class at Hailsham Academy (England) before moving back to New Zealand where I worked at Spreydon Primary teaching New Entrants to Year 1. Originally from Wanganui, I have now decided to make Christchurch my home. My teaching passions are Reading and Physical Education. In my spare time I enjoy Running, Netball, Badminton, Paddle boarding, Scuba Diving and Gardening.

Year 2

Abby Kennedy

I have had the pleasure of teaching at Lincoln Primary School since 2017 and have taught Year 1 for the last two years. I am really excited to be teaching in Year 2 this year. Outside of school I am involved with the volunteer organisations Radio Lollipop and Camp Quality where I get to work with children in a different context. I have found this really rewarding as I have been able to bring a smile to the faces of many children and provide them with opportunities to simply be kids.I spend my spare time with my friends and family and I enjoy baking, cooking and going for walks

Mandy O'Sullivan

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.

Year 2

Sara Hutton

eLearning Leader

Growing up I was inspired by my Aunty to become a teacher so when I finished high school I moved to Dunedin to begin my university studies. I graduated from the University of Otago College of Education at the end of 2016. I grew up in Central Otago and spent my life living in Alexandra and Dunedin. I am excited about the journey ahead. Outside of school I enjoy photography, dancing, cooking, exercising, reading and spending time with family and friends. I am hoping to bring some of my knowledge and skills from my hobbies and passions to my teaching at LPS.

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.

Maria Joyce

I am new to Lincoln Primary School this year, and will be teaching Year 2. Before coming to Lincoln Primary I taught Year 1-2 at Kaiapoi Borough School. I am from Pleasant Point originally, but have been living in Christchurch for about 5 years. In my spare time I love travelling, catching up with friends and family, reading and eating chocolate.
I am very excited to be joining the fantastic Lincoln Primary team this year! I will be working alongside Liz in Tarawhatu.

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 have had the last year off on maternity leave being a Mum and raising my daughter. I returned to work in Term 3 and am currently teaching in Year 2. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, being active, getting outside and spending time as a family.