Syndicate Four, Years 7-8, Staff Profiles

Team 8

Sarsha Wightman

Syndicate Leader

I moved to Lincoln Primary School at the beginning of this year to take the next step in my teaching career. It is an exciting move for me and a move back home for my family. I spent the past three years in Pleasant Point where I was heavily involved in Rippa Rugby, Kapahaka, Digital Technologies and Collaborative Practices. Prior to this I worked in a range of schools throughout the eastern side of Christchurch. During this time I took on a number of different leadership roles predominantly in Physical Education and Health and Mathematics. 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. This year I am excited to be the Learning Leader for the Year 7 and 8 team. When I am not in the classroom I am mum to three, Cooper (11), Elodie and Arabelle (7). 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!

Julie Wan

Within School Teacher

I am excited to be teaching in Year 8 this year 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 great to be part of such a committed, fun and forward thinking team. I have a passion for Numeracy and PE. It is always great to see students grow and develop a love for learning and realise their leadership qualities . When I am not at school I can be found spending time with my husband Mike and our two awesome children. I love the outdoors and enjoy running and going for long walks.

Grant Cattermole

eLearning Leader

Tēnā koutou,
My name is Grant Cattermole and, apart from an eight-month stint in Colombia, have lived in Christchurch all of my life. Before I became a teacher, I was a fast food worker, university tutor, video store manager, research assistant, librarian, and furniture assembler, although not all at the same time. I hold a Master of Arts in English and a post-graduate teaching diploma from University of Canterbury, and prior to having the privilege of teaching Year 8s at Lincoln Primary I have worked and relieved at various schools around Christchurch, most recently at Haeata Community Campus and Bamford School.
It is my firm belief that strong relationships between myself, my students, my colleagues, and my community are key to excellent learning, and I look forward to forming and developing these bonds throughout the year. I strive to make each of my lessons as engaging and creative as possible, with students driving their own learning by building on their passions and interests. Recently, I completed a Level 2 certificate in Te Reo Māori and intend to complete a Level 4 certificate in 2019, which I hope to utilise within the classroom as often as I can. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife, Ashleigh, and our two cats, Thor and Nuggets, reading, playing video and board games, and occasionally making short films with my friends.

Team 7

Marie Keely

I was born in Dublin and grew up in England. I completed a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree and worked in marketing before completing a Postgraduate degree in education.  Lincoln University offered my husband (Dave Nicol) a job and we moved to New Zealand and settled in the then small town of Lincoln. We have three children who regularly use us as a taxi service. I play various sports including soccer, touch rugby and netball.  Although anyone watching from the sideline would observe that there is certainly more talking happening than running.  I enjoy walking and am highly motivated if there is a cafe at the end of the trek.Having taught at Lincoln Primary for many years I still arrive each morning excited to see what the day will bring.  As a teacher I see my role as instilling confidence in every child along with a passion to learn and attempt new things.  I work closely alongside Tania Donoso (ESOL teacher) to ensure the smooth transition for overseas students.

Palo Shanahan

Tēna koe, My name is Palo Shanahan, I am originally from Sydney, Australia, where I spent my days surfing and practicing yoga on the Eastern Suburbs. I have spent the past 15 years living in Auckland where I was teaching in a small school in Devonport. I will always miss the incredible landscape of Australia, but Aotearoa is a welcoming island that I am proud to call home. What I enjoy most of all is hanging with my whānau. My wife Cara takes Kapa Haka and is studying Te Reo. We have two children, Ruby is 11 and loves dance and Kapa Haka. Jasper is 14 and enjoys everything from surfing to basketball. I am often surfing and nothing brings me more joy than having Jasper and Ruby join me on the waves.We all moved to Christchurch in January and we are loving the outdoor lifestyle. We all feel welcomed by everyone here at Lincoln Primary.

Jyoti Parag

Kia Ora!My name is Jyoti Parag, a New Zealand born Indian from Auckland. I am in my 6th year of teaching and I’m looking forward to teaching with the year 7 teachers and working with the amazing year 7s. I have previously taught in South Auckland and Waiheke Island in New Zealand and Port Vila, Vanuatu. I love the outdoors and this was a huge motivation for me to move to the South Island. I have many interests including rock climbing, aquascaping and calligraphy. I am learning how to surf and speak French this year.

Anna Grant

Kia ora, my name is Anna and I’m delighted to be part of the Year 7 teaching team this year. I began my teaching career at Lincoln Primary in 2012 & 2013 before having a few years away teaching in the lovely towns of Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs. I was excited to return to Lincoln Primary in Term 4, 2018 as it is such a forward thinking, inclusive and supportive school to be part of. I’m passionate about helping students develop into the best versions of themselves. I have a love of learning and really enjoy sharing the moment with students when they grasp a new concept or skill. When I’m not at school I’m likely to be in the great outdoors either riding my horse, walking my dog, tramping, mountain biking, swimming or skiing. I also volunteer as an ambulance officer and am really enjoying the new learning that this involves.