Syndicate Four, Years 7-8, Staff Profiles

Team 7

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 (10), Elodie and Arabelle (6). 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!

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 grow and being offered to more and more students 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 (25) and Rose (23).

Liz Cruse

I am really excited to be teaching in the Year 7 team again this year. I have been a member of the Lincoln Primary School team since 2016 and it has been awesome to be apart of such an amazing team of teachers.One of my passions in education is the Arts (specifically music) and I will be coordinating and playing in the school band this year. Outside of school I like to spend time with my family and friends, often going on walks and drinking many cups of coffee.

Team 8

Sophie Lange

eLearning Leader

I have been part of Lincoln Primary since the beginning of 2015. I have taught Year 2, 7 and 8. I love teaching our senior students and preparing them for their next learning journey. I am passionate about education in the arts and have enjoyed taking a competitive jump jam team for the last 3 years. I am currently the eLearning Leader for syndicate 4 and enjoy bringing out the creative side of students using digital technologies. I am running the Student Leadership programme at Lincoln alongside Julie and will also be working with our house leaders to grow their leadership skills and help them to grow as individuals.

Julie Wan

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.

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.