Specialist Teachers

Karen McKinney

Reading Recovery

Having spent  approximately 16 years working in various roles  in the banking industry, I decided when we moved to Christchurch to have a change of career. I completed a Certificate for Teacher Aide qualification through Massey University and then went on to gain my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning degree  through the Christchurch College of Education, in association with the University of Canterbury. After working as a classroom teacher at Westburn School in Christchurch I took up a position at Lincoln Primary School, initially as the Librarian and then as a classroom teacher. This year I am looking forward to taking on my new role as the Reading Recovery teacher for our school.  When not at school I enjoy spending time with my family.

Sonya Cardus

Connecting Minds Teacher

I  am really excited to be a part of the Connecting Minds  team  this year with Sue, and and being a part of the exciting landscape of gifted and talented education. A little about me….my teaching career began in NZ, then I combined my zest for travel and adventure by working on the international circuit for numerous years.  Throughout my journey I have had the privilege of working in 7 diverse cultures within mainstream and special education in an eclectic range of roles including:  Teacher, Department Head, Dean, Residential Social Worker, Child Movement Psychotherapist (MA: UK)), School Counsellor, Special Education Advisor, Mediator, Trainer, Manager and Consultant.  I am really enjoying being back in the classroom and getting my feet muddy again with the dynamic children in our programme!

Sue Gollan

Connecting Minds Teacher

Having taught both in Australia and New Zealand for the past 20 years, I am very fortunate to be working collaboratively with Sonya to facilitate the Connecting Minds programme. This is currently based at Lincoln Primary School and incorporates students from many schools in our local community. I am passionate about engaging positively with students and creating a learning environment where students feel valued, motivated, and empowered. The Connecting Minds programme is a wonderful way to develop gifted and talented students' creative and critical thinking and to provide them with a framework to reach their full potential.