Syndicate 2 - Years 3 & 4 - Teacher Profiles

Kaiako - Franco Prisco

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School since 1998.  I grew up and was educated in Switzerland, and trained as a teacher in Dunedin. I have a passion for using iPads in my teaching. I enjoy playing chess and I organise the chess club during Enrichment days. I am looking forward to working with a new group of Year 3 students this year. I am excited to help our students on their learning journey and give them the tools and skills to become future focused learners. In my spare time, I spend as much time as possible with my lovely wife and our children. Our oldest three children have finished their schooling and the youngest one has started school this year.  I am an enthusiastic photographer.

Kaiako - Liam Levy

Kaiako - Tracey Currie

Kia ora koutou, it is my pleasure to join the Te Kura o Tauhinu teaching term for three and four in a year 3 learning space.  Since shifting to the area in July 2020 I have been relieving and teaching in a variety of schools and year levels within the area and previous to that I was teaching at Redwoodtown School in Blenheim for many years, mainly in the junior and middle school.
I always want the very best for all my tamariki and do the very best to ensure that they feel proud of their learning journey, strive to improve, and feel happy as individuals. 
My whanau  is spread wide and far in New Zealand.  My parents still live in Blenheim; my brother Greg is in Nelson; my middle sister Angela lives down in Owaka ,also on a sheep and beef farm with her husband and their three daughters; and my youngest sister Pip lives in the Waikato on a goat milking farm with her husband, son and daughter.  My two stepsons also live here in Canterbury and are both working in the trades, one living in Lincoln and the other in Riccarton.
I live on a small and intensive beef, sheep and cropping farm with my husband, and I enjoy getting out on the weekends to help him with the farm work that needs to be done. Being out in my flower and vegetable gardens is my first choice of activity on the weekends, and whenever I get spare time. I also love photography, being out on the water in our boat,  exploring our amazing native bush, baking, preserving, reading, playing and cuddling my cat Tigger and any puppies, lambs or calves we have.

Kaiako - Year 4

Deb Phipps

Kaiwhakahaere Hapori Rua - Learning Leader

My first teaching position was at Papakaio, a country school near Oamaru in 1994. I have taught in Oamaru, Christchurch, London and Lincoln. In 2014 and 2015 I trained and became the reading Recovery Teacher at Lincoln Primary School. At the end of 2015 Viv Butcher offered me an amazing opportunity to work with the gifted and talented children in our community, setting up the Gifted and Talented programme, Connecting Minds. I led the Connecting Minds programme for 5 years and loved being able to help children recognise and reach their potential. In 2020 I returned to Lincoln Primary School teaching a Year 8 class and being the Team Leader for Syndicate Four. This year I look forward to being the Team Leader for Syndicate Two and working with the Year 4 students, helping them each individually reach their potential. I have two sons, Henry age 17 and Albie age 14. In my spare time I enjoy watching my sons play sport, being outdoors, exercise, family and camping with my boys.

Kaiako - Samara Brown

This is my fourth year teaching at Lincoln Primary and I am excited to be working in the Year 4 team. I feel very privileged to be a part of such a friendly and enthusiastic staff. Prior to moving to Syndicate 2 here at LPS, I worked in Syndicate 1 and Syndicate 4. I am looking forward to the opportunity of changing year levels and having the privilege of teaching some of the siblings of my past students and continuing the learning journey with them and their families. I am passionate about creating engaging and exciting learning opportunities for my students in all learning areas, particularly Maths, the Arts and P.E. This year I am leading the Children’s University role within our school. 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 sports, travelling and spending time with my wonderful partner, our new puppy and our friends.

Kaiako - Toya Mckenzie-Woodgate

This year I have been lucky enough to secure a spot in Syndicate 2! The last three years I have been working in Syndicate 1 with mostly New Entrants; whom I have thoroughly enjoyed. I am super excited to be working alongside some of the year 4s as well as Mrs Coetzee and Miss An.
 I am very passionate at modelling what a lifelong learner may look like and every year I am studying something to do within the education sector or furthering my knowledge in Te Reo Māori. 
My husband, Callum and two daughters, Lillian and Adaline enjoy living locally with our three dogs; Flash our pug, Monty our vizsla and Teeka our labrador. We love to get out and about in the mountains, local rivers and Te Waihora when we are not busy renovating our home or pottering about in the garden. I also love a good board game!

Kaiako - Ann An

Kia ora. I am from China and I have been an ESOL teacher as well as the principal of E-Plus, an English training school in Beijing for four years before I moved to New Zealand in 2018. I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2019 and joined Lincoln Primary School in 2020. This is my second year teaching Year 4 at Lincoln Primary. I believe that a great teacher can make a real difference in young children’s lives. I value the diversity of my students and respect each of them as a unique individual. My goal is to create a secure and caring learning environment in which the children can grow and mature emotionally and intellectually. Outside of school, I like dancing Zumba and also enjoy good food, cooking, traveling and singing.