Classroom Release Teacher
Since being employed at Lincoln Primary School in 2006, I have taught in a variety of class combinations covering all levels from Year 1 to Year 7. After taking leave, during 2015 to teach in Oamaru for a year, I returned and agreed to take on the position for CRT Release throughout Syndicate 1 to Syndicate 3. This means I am responsible for teaching the whanau/pastoral group of each colleague when they have their Curriculum Release Days. Additionaly, I have the delightful challenge of setting up Enrichment Day activities and finding learning spaces for them on Fridays. My teaching career of over eighteen years in the classroom, which started officially in 1976, has been intermingled with bringing up family, office work, extra educational studies leading to a Higher Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, as well as living overseas (where I managed an Educational Centre).
My passion has always been for teaching and learning. I am particularly interested in ICT (Information, Communication Technology) which led me to achieving a Diploma in ICT in Education. With this background, I started a total digital classroom for a gifted group of Year 5 – 8 students at Aranui Primary School before coming to Lincoln Primary School. It was a fascinating and rewarding teaching and learning journey, for both students and myself, especially as the students became more responsible and accountable for their learning through ICT.
I have taught at every year level from Year 1 to Year 8 over the years, within a variety of schools throughout Christchurch. I am so pleased now to be a part of Lincoln’s Future Focused Learning, as it is totally fantastic to be working far more collaboratively as a teaching team and supporting the students to do the same.
My husband and I have three adult children and ten very busy grandchildren, eight in Canterbury and two in NSW, Australia. We spend most of our weekends relaxing at home, however we love to mountain bike on a few moderate bike tracks, when time allows.
Reading Recovery Teacher
My first teaching position was at Greenpark School in Tauranga after graduating from Hamilton Teachers College and Waikato University. My last classroom teaching position was at Greenpark School not far from Lincoln - a small rural school which closed in 2013.
Choosing redeployment, I was very pleased to become part of the amazing team at Lincoln Primary School. Training two years ago as a Reading Recovery Teacher has given me a forum in which to continue my passion for children’s reading and writing. This programme really does make a difference in the lives of students and this is what education is all about; making a difference. I have always been a reflective teacher, continually reviewing, changing, modifying and growing to better meet the needs of my students.
I haven’t always been a teacher, with a large gap devoted to foster parenting and farming. When at home I love to garden, read, bake, spend time with my husband on outdoor lifestyle activities, walking and leading a women’s group.
Gifted & Talented MindPlus Teacher
My first teaching position was at Papakaio, a country school near Oamaru. I then moved back up to Christchurch in 1995 to teach at Queenspark School in Parklands. While working at Queenspark I travelled to London with my husband and taught in a Central London School for eight months.
We had our first son in 2003 and reduced my hours at Queenspark to working part time. I decided I missed the country atmosphere so my husband, son and I moved out to Lincoln at the end of 2006. In 2007 we had our second son and I starting working part time at Lincoln Primary School.
In 2014 and 2015 I trained and became the reading Recovery Teacher at Lincoln Primary School. At the end of 2015 Viv Butcher offered me an amazing opportunity to work with the Gifted and Talented children in our community. Our programme, (Connecting Minds) is in its third year and is now based at Tai Tapu School. I love being able to work with the children and help them reach their potential.
I love the outdoors, exercise and camping with my boys.
Gifted & Talented MindPlus Teacher
Having taught both in Australia and New Zealand for the past 20 years, I am very fortunate to be working collaboratively with Deb helping to facilitate the Connected Minds Programme which is based at Tai Tapu School. I am also able to connect with the Lincoln Primary School community by working in Syndicate 3 each week. I am passionate about engaging positively with students and creating a learning environment where students feel valued, motivated, and empowered.
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