Syndicate 2 - Years 3 & 4 - Teacher Profiles

Team 3

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 run the chess club during Enrichment days. I am looking forward to working with Year 3 students this year and being part of Team 3 Green. 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 two children are at University and the youngest one has to wait another three years before he is allowed to start school..  I am an enthusiastic photographer, biker and tramper.

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 (when they’re home!!) Stefan, Caleb  and Hamish  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 McKinney

Having spent  approximately 16 years working in various roles  in the banking industry, I decided when we moved to Christchurch to have a change of career. I completed a Certificate for Teacher Aide qualification through Massey University and then went on to gain my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning degree  through the Christchurch College of Education, in association with the University of Canterbury. After working as a classroom teacher at Westburn School in Christchurch I took up a position at Lincoln Primary School as the Librarian. In 2013 I decided to return to full time teaching. I have always been passionate about working with our younger students and I am looking forward to working with our Year 3’s this year.I also hold a management unit for work related to the running of our school library. When not at school I enjoy spending time with my husband Mac and our two daughters Meagan 23 (school teacher at Cobham Intermediate) and Sarah 20 (studying nursing).  

Megan Newton

I had some very inspirational teachers when I was at school and always wanted to have that effect on others. I studied in Christchurch and graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. This is my fourth year teaching at Lincoln Primary and it is a privilege to teach at such a fabulous school. I have taught Year 2’s and Year 3’s. This year I am working in Team 3 Red with Karen James and teaching Year 3 students. I love working collaboratively and supporting children to develop life skills that will prepare them for the future focused world we live in. In my spare time I love being around animals, going for walks and reading a range of different books.

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Team 4

Joel Thomson

Syndicate Leader

I am starting my third year at Lincoln Primary School after 6 years teaching in Tauranga. I am the Syndicate 2 team leader but also get chances to work with students across the school during enrichment, particularly sporting activities. I have a passion for teaching mathematics and enjoy physical education. I believe that the classroom should be an enjoyable place for both teachers and students where we find a passion for learning and taking risks. Outside of school, I play cricket every Saturday and indoor cricket during the winter months. I give most sports a go and try to get out and join in with students when I can. I enjoy time with family, going to the beach and water activities. I’m used to warm activities so haven’t been brave enough to get into any skiing or snowboarding a go here. I’m quickly making Christchurch my new home and finding out all that it has to offer.

Jenny Schmidli

eLearning Leader

I have been fortunate to be a member of the Lincoln Primary School Teaching team for coming up 4 years. I have taught Year 0/1, 5/6 and Year 4. Prior to working in Lincoln I worked in Rolleston.  I have a real passion for teaching The Arts and you will often find me singing and doing Jump Jam. Since being at Lincoln I have taken on leadership as the Syndicate 2 eLearning leader. I thoroughly enjoy using digital technologies to enhance learning and working with others to develop their knowledge and skills.

Jill Johnson

I moved from England to New Zealand with my family in 2009 and feel privileged to live in beautiful Selwyn.  Previously, I taught in Germany and England.  I began teaching at Lincoln Primary School during 2017 and love working here.  This year I feel privileged to to be working with Year Four children.
I have a very 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.  This year I will be playing in the Lincoln School Band, setting up a marimba group and working with the junior and senior choirs in school.