Syndicate Five, Technology, Staff Profiles
I am currently the Learning Leader of Syndicate 5 Technology (a team of amazing highly capable people). I trained at Otago University and have a Masters in Consumer and Applied Science. My teacher training was in Dunedin and I trained as a high school teacher. Early experience was at East Otago High School and a few Intermediate schools in Christchurch. I started teaching at Lincoln Primary in 2000 in a very small role to help with increase in growth. My role began as part time and recently became full time in the last 5 years.
I really enjoy teaching this age because the students are so keen to learn and it is fantastic watching their passion and understanding develop over their time in our space. I am passionate about Digital Technologies running alongside student learning.
Outside of school I love spending time with my husband Adrian (a lecturer at Lincoln University) and caring for our thre sons Hugh (21), Arthur (20) and Edgar(16). All our children went to Lincoln Primary, all have a love of cricket and are currently furthering their careers at University and High School.
My passions are painting, walking outdoors, trying out new recipes (and buying recipe books!!!) and the movies.
I started teaching in 1986, while I was in the South African Defence Force. I taught in various schools after that and was a Syndicate Leader (Year 7) before moving to New Zealand in March 2007. My first teaching post was relieving at Lincoln Primary for Term 2 and then at Chertsy for Terms 3 and 4. I did relieving for the next year and secured a position at Rangiora Primary teaching Technology (Hard Materials) in 2009. I then came to Lincoln in 2014.
I enjoy playing golf and fishing whenever I can afford the time.
I joined the Lincoln Primary Team in early 2015. My previous employment has afforded me experience teaching Art, Photography, ICT and Technology in a High School, an Intermediate and Primary Schools. Through this experience I discovered a passion for teaching the middle years and in particular Year 7 & 8 Technology and Design. Quite often referred to as a ‘jack of all trades’, I feel this gives me an edge to lead students on a path of creative discovery where they can take a small idea and turn it into an amazing product.
In 2017 I have also take on the role of eLearning Leader Coach and ICT/iPad deployment manager, a role I am super excited to get stuck into, with a vision to cement Lincoln Primary School as a leader in eLearning.
When I’m not at school you can find me spending time with my husband Shannan, taking care of our super spoilt, furry children (2 dogs), on the hockey field, riding my motorcycle, or in the garage building my next project.
I became a part of the Lincoln Primary School team at the beginning of 2016 as a Food Technology teacher, after teaching Food and Textiles Technology in a number of different Christchurch schools. I was originally trained as a teacher in Queensland, Australia, where I taught for a couple of years before going to China to teach. I love teaching practical, enjoyable skills that can be easily used at home and that will continue for the rest of my students’ lives.
When I’m not at school, I love to spend time with my husband and small daughter.
I began my schooling at Lincoln Primary as a new entrant in 1970 before moving to Tai Tapu School and then on to Lincoln High. I then joined the New Zealand Meteorological Service where I was a technician for seven years, working at weather stations from Kaitaia to Invercargill. I spent two years at head office in Wellington where I met my wife Rochelle. In the late eighties government restructuring happened and I left to go to university where I was a student for most of the nineties, completing B.E. Hons and M.Sc. degrees. From there I attended the Christchurch College of Education where I gained a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. That resulted in a job as a Physics teacher at Mount Roskill Grammar for two years. Rochelle was also a teacher in Auckland. When our son Ollie was born we moved back to Christchurch.