Syndicate Three, Years 5-6, Staff Profiles

Year 5/6

Rebecca Thompson

Syndicate Leader & eLearning Leader

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary for 5 years. Prior to this I have taught for about 18 years, either in the classroom or in EOTC spaces, like the Air Force Museum or International Antarctic Centre.  I graduated in 1994 and have worked in South Otago and Christchurch. Teaching is my passion.  Literacy and the Arts are areas that I really enjoy exploring with students.  I have been eLearning leader for syndicate 3 in 2018 and 2019. I am trained in FIE and love the way this and SOLO enhance children’s thinking and learning.Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 boys.  We enjoy holidaying, playing games, exploring new places. I love reading and art.

Robyn McDowell

I have been part of the Lincoln Primary Team since early 2007.  Although I was born and trained in Christchurch, my teaching has taken me many places both in NZ and Canada, teaching in both primary and intermediate schools.  I have a passion for teaching and the outdoors. I take my role in overseeing the school’s Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) programmes as a privilege. I was part of the FIE training in 2016 and can’t believe the impact this makes on the students learning.   When I’m not at school I’m hanging out with my husband, Craig, reading, travelling, walking the dog, visiting the beach, catching up with my Dad or my kids – Ben (25) and Rose (23).

James Keen

I was born and raised in Christchurch and am very excited to be back living in my hometown, and teaching at Lincoln Primary. I have spent the last five and a half years teaching in Rarotonga at Apii Te Uki Ou and then Apii Takitumu. I absolutely loved my time living and teaching in such a unique, beautiful and occasionally challenging environment. I met my wife in Rarotonga, and we have a very busy little two year old boy.   I enjoy teaching all curriculum areas, though I find my strengths lie in Maths, Writing, and Physical Education. I am a firm believer in the value of creating and nurturing positive relationships within the classroom learning environment. Outside of school I really enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the outdoors, good coffee and food, and getting stuck into a new movie or tv show.

Year 5/6

Robyn Tobeck

I have been at Lincoln Primary School for a considerable period of time but I really enjoy the association with the different children and staff that I come into contact with each day.
I enjoy sport and played netball in my youth. I continue to play badminton, golf and my greatest passion tennis.
I am the Lincoln Zone Sports Association Secretary and organise a large number of the School and Zone Sports Tournaments.
Outside of school I enjoy my life on the family farm where I am unrecognisable as the Miss T of the classroom.

Meeghan Coetzee

I graduated from Cape Town Teachers Training College, South Africa in 1998.  My majors at college where 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. I have just recently joined the Lincoln Primary Team. In July 2018 I started with the new entrant learners and moved with them to Year 1.  This year I am excited to be teaching in the Year 5/6 team. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, the outdoors and exploring as much of our new home as possible when possible. Both my children will be at Lincoln Primary this year, Judah in Year 3 and Claire in Year 1 and we are all looking forward to the new chapter in our lives.

Year 5/6

Leonie Young

I have taught at Lincoln Primary for about 23 years. This seems like a long time but why would I leave? The children, the parents and the staff here have always been the best and my role has continually changed. For the first seven years I was part time as my two boys were young. I either released teachers or taught Reading Recovery. During this time, I completed my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. Following this I have been teaching full time in syndicates 2, 3 and 4. I have had ten years of leadership and am now focusing on working with the children.I believe building relationships with children is an essential part of teaching. Our HEROES and our Powers we (the students and staff) have created underpin all that is important to be a successful citizen. These are unique and special to LPS.Sport and being active has been an important part of my life and I encourage this at school. I run our Physical Activity Leaders and am proud of the students who gain in confidence to run activities for other children. Many of these students have ended up as House Leaders.At home I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, and because both of my sons are overseas, I like to visit Australia and America. As mentioned, I like physical activity so I am often off on walks, bike rides or spending time in the garden.

Jenny-Marie Evans

I am really excited to teach at Lincoln Primary this year in the Year 5/ 6 team in Te Awa in the Kōtuku space. I have previously taught Year 2 children and last year I taught Year 4-6 children. It was very rewarding and I enjoyed the interesting conversations and energy of the children. I enjoy creating movies on the i-Pads, writing, art, music and inquiry. Problem solving is another area I enjoy. I completed a Diploma in Performing Arts and then I studied Contemporary Dance. I completed a Psychology degree and dabbled in art which led me to teaching. When I am not in the classroom I am often performing on stage with Riccarton Players or Showbiz. Last year I was in Annie, Top of the Pops and Broadway Hitmen. I am currently working on an album of original songs. I play french horn in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Most nights I am at a zumba class, out for a walk or swimming. I completed the Milford Track this summer which was challenging and fun. I have two lovely nephews who love bouncing on the trampoline.