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.

Mel Stenhouse

Reading Recovery

I graduated from the Christchurch College of Education in 1997. I loved teaching English in Japan in 1998 with my husband Greg. I have been fortunate enough to teach at a number of schools in the Christchurch and Selwyn region. Most recently I have worked at Lemonwood Grove, Rolleston Primary, and Darfield Primary.
In 2016 I completed my Reading Recovery training whilst working in the Hororata Cluster. I am currently working at Lincoln Primary and Lemonwood Grove teaching Reading Recovery.
I am passionate about literacy and I work hard to promote life-long literacy learning.
I spend a lot of time standing on fields watching my three children play sport. I can often be spotted out walking, biking or scootering locally with my family.

Deb Phipps

Connecting Minds 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

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 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.

Sonya Cardus

Hauora/Wellbeing

I began my teaching career in NZ, then combined my zest for travel and adventure by working overseas. 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.  My role has arisen from an identified need that more support is required to address the wholistic well-being of our students, teachers, parents and community.  This is a developmental position that is driven by ‘need’ and will evolve and take shape overtime. My aim in this role is to collaboratively work within the great systems and team that are already in place, further develop effective relationships with parents/caregivers, and to strengthen the path of success for all our students...no matter how challenging the obstacles.   My office door is always open...so please pop in anytime...