Syndicate Three, Years 5-6, Staff Profiles

Kaiako - Year 5/6

Kaiako - James Keen

Kaiwhakahaere Hapori Tahi - Learning Leader

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary since 2019. This year I will also be taking on the responsibility of Learning Leader for Syndicate 3. After completing my teaching qualification at the University of Canterbury I taught in Rarotonga for five years. I absolutely loved my time living and teaching in such a unique, beautiful and occasionally challenging environment. I met my wife there, and we now have a very busy five year old boy.   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, gardening, good coffee and food, watching the mighty Crusaders and getting stuck into a new movie or tv show.

Kaiako - 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. 
In 2017, 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. I am looking forward to working with the Year 5/6 in Pārera this year. 
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 led me to cooking, painting and gardening in my spare time.

Kaiako - Kate O'Neill

After completing a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Diploma of Teaching at Massey University, I taught both Primary and Secondary school students in New Zealand before teaching in Switzerland, Thailand and Australia. I began teaching at Lincoln Primary School in 2021 and have really enjoyed teaching Y5/6 students.
I have a love for learning and really enjoy that light bulb moment when a student gains a deeper understanding of a concept or a new skill. This makes teaching a really rewarding profession. I am passionate about providing a safe, caring and nurturing classroom environment where all students are included and valued. I strive to create enrichment and extension opportunities for students so that they have the scope to reach their potential in areas that interest their intellectual curiosity.
During my teaching career, I have been involved in speech, poetry and writing competitions that encourage students to explore their creativity and inner voice. Enabling students to have the confidence to express themselves is important in nurturing future global citizens.
In my spare time, I love bush walking, swimming and cycling with my husband and four children around the beautiful Selwyn area. I have coached gymnastics in the past and enjoy encouraging students to participate in sporting activities.

Kaiako - Year 5/6

Kaiako - Sue Gollan

Since completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching I have been teaching for over 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand. I am fortunate to have been working at Lincoln Primary School since 2016, firstly in the Year 5/6 space and then as part of the Connecting Minds (GATE) programme for the last 4 years. I am really looking forward to working alongside our collaborative team in Syndicate 3.
I am passionate about engaging positively with students and creating a learning environment where all students feel valued and are empowered to reach their full potential. 
When I’m not at school I love spending time with my family, friends and walking our dog, Gus.

Kaiako - Leonie Young

I have taught at Lincoln Primary for about 26 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.

Kaiako - Year 5/6

Kaiako - Gene Marryatt

Kaiako - Sarah Rogatski

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School since the beginning of 2020. I am in my fourth year of teaching and am absolutely loving my chosen career.
I have a strong passion for the performing arts and love to see my students being creative. I also am really passionate about student health and well-being and enjoy helping students to build their confidence and relationship skills.
Outside of the classroom I am a keen performer and am learning and developing my skills in dance, improvisational theatre and guitar playing. When not at school you will often find me going for walks with my shih tzu Gizmo, in the gym, cooking in the kitchen, opshopping or at quiz night!