Syndicate Four, Years 7-8, Staff Profiles

Kaiako - Year 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.

Kaiako - Sarah Rogatski

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School since the beginning of 2020. I am in my third year of teaching and am absolutely loving the beginning of my 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 dancer and am learning and developing my skills in improvisational theatre and guitar playing. When not at school you will often find me going for walks and being active, cooking in the kitchen, opshopping or at quiz night!

Kaiako - 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 and Rose.

Kaiako - Year 8

Nicki Greer

Kaiwhakahaere Hapori Wha - Learning Leader

Kia ora, my name is Nicki. I am excited to be joining LPS this year and teaching in the Year 8 learning space with some amazing teachers. At the end of 2020 I moved from Wellington with my husband Michael, our cat Brechin and mini dachshund Axel, where I have been teaching for the past four years. I grew up in Canterbury and still consider Christchurch to be home. I have a passion for teaching literacy and PE, and working with early adolescence. In my teaching career I have had the opportunity to lead literacy, te reo Māori and the performing arts, and am looking forward to being the Learning Leader for Syndicate 4 this year. 
Outside of the classroom I enjoy being active by playing sports, walking the dog, hiking and learning to snowboard! I also love movies, board games and relaxing with a good book.

Kaiako - Anna Grant

Kia ora, my name is Anna and I’m delighted to be part of the Year 8 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 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 mountain biking, riding my horse, walking my dog, playing golf or tramping off to a little hut somewhere.

Kaiako - Rebecca Thompson

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary for 7 years. This year I have the privilege of supporting our Year 8 tamariki as they transition into the next step of their learning journey!  Teaching is my passion.  Literacy and the Arts are areas that I really enjoy exploring with students. I am trained in FIE and love the way this and SOLO enhance children’s thinking and learning. Prior to Lincoln Primary, 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. Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 boys.   I am an avid reader and enjoy the Arts.