Syndicate Four, Years 7-8, Staff Profiles

Team 7

Robyn McDowell

I have been part of the Lincoln Primary Team since early 2007. Although 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 Year 7 & 8 and a love of 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 couldn’t believe the impact this made on the student’s learning last year.  It is exciting to see this expand as it is offered to more and more students at LPS.  
When I’m not at school I’m hanging out with husband, Craig, reading, travelling, walking the dog, visiting the beach, catching up with my Dad or my kids – Ben (23) and Rose (21).

Julie Wan

I am excited to be a new member of staff at Lincoln Primary School. I have taught in London, Wellington and Christchurch since completing my teacher training at Christchurch College of Education and the University of Canterbury.  It is a great feeling to be part of such a committed, collaborative and forward thinking team in Syndicate 4.  I have a passion for Numeracy and PE.  It is always great to see students grow and develop a love for learning. 
When I am not at school I can be found hanging out with my husband Mike and our two awesome children. I love the outdoors and enjoy running and going for long walks.

Liz Cruse

After Graduating in a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in 2015, I was lucky enough to be appointed as a Year 1 teacher at Lincoln Primary.  This year I am really excited to be teaching at the Year 7 level.  I am truly passionate about education in the Arts (specifically music) and I will be coordinating and playing in the school band this year, as well as taking a ukulele group. I have recently undertaken the FIE training and I can’t wait to implement this in our programme.

Team 8

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 but I am really enjoying the chance to work with our Year 8’s this year. 
Alongside my Management Unit for work related to the running of our school library,  this year I have taken on the role of Planning leader for Syndicate 4. 
When not at school I enjoy spending time with my husband Mac and our two daughters Meagan 22 (school teacher at Cobham Intermediate) and Sarah 20 (studying at University of Otago).

Sophie Lange

I have been part of Lincoln Primary since the beginning of 2015.  I have taught Years 2 and 7 and this year I am teaching Year 8.  It has been exciting to follow through my students from last year and teach them in their final year year of primary school.  I am passionate about education in the Arts and have enjoyed taking a competitive Jump Jam team for the last three years. 
I am currently the eLearning Leader for Syndicate 4 and enjoy bringing out the creative side of students using Digital Technologies. I am looking forward to implementing the FIE programme with our Year 8 students.