Syndicate 2 - Years 3 & 4 - Teacher Profiles

Kaiako - Year 3

Sarsha Wightman

Assistant Principal

I have been at Lincoln Primary for the past three years.  Prior to this I worked in a range of schools throughout the eastern side of Christchurch and in South Canterbury. During this time I took on a number of different leadership roles predominantly in Physical Education and Health and Mathematics. This year I am continuing in my role as an Across School Teacher for the Kāhui Ako. I am really enjoying the opportunities that this provides and look forward to sharing some of these with the school community.  I am passionate about the importance of building the whole child and helping them to gain the self confidence to become life-long learners and to achieve HEROES status! I love seeing the children blossom. When I am not in the classroom I am mum to three, Cooper (12), Elodie and Arabelle (8) and Poppy our dog. As a family we love being active and are always quick to try new things. I love my netball having played at a competitive level for a long time now, although my retirement seems near as the children’s activities become more varied! We all enjoy running although both me and my husband seem to be getting left in the dust a little bit lately.

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 - Becky Hourston

Tena Koutou, I am currently working in the Year Three 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 abroad and here in NZ. 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 that 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 out to Lincoln with my lovely whanau and it is an absolute pleasure to be a part of a wonderful diverse community.

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 - Year 4

Meeghan Coetzee

I graduated from Cape Town Teachers Training College, South Africa in 1998.  My majors  at college were Physical Education and Library/Media skills.   I went on to teach in the United Kingdom for seven years and then returned home to continue teaching children from the ages of 5 to 12.  After teaching in South Africa for 13 years my family and I decided to relocate to Christchurch.  In July 2018 I started in Syndicate One with the new entrant learners and moved with them to Year 1.  In 2019 I had the privilege of teaching in Syndicate Three with the Year ⅚ team.  I successfully completed my fully registered teacher application in 2019.  I am now registered to teach in three countries in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.  This year I am teaching in Syndicate Two with the Year 4 Team with Mrs McKenzie-Woodgate. Ms Smith and Ms An.  This is one of my favourite year groups as I started my career here with many exciting memories and experiences.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors and exploring New Zealand as much as possible. 

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.