Specialist Teachers

Barbara Simpson

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.

Debbie Brown

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 started 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.

Sue Gollan

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.