Syndicate Five, Technology, Staff Profiles
Design, Food Technology
Syndicate Leader, ICT Manager, eLearning Leader Coach
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 also took on the role of eLearning Leader Coach and ICT/iPad deployment manager, a role was super excited to get stuck into, with a vision to cement Lincoln Primary School as a leader in eLearning. In 2019 I am excited to be taking on the role of Syndicate Leader for the Technology Team. 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), spending time with nieces and nephew, on the hockey field, riding my motorcycle, or in the garage building my next project.
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 am really excited to teach at Lincoln Primary School and be part of the Technology Team. I am looking forward to the opportunities and learning this role will bring. My career has mainly seen me teaching and leading the Junior School here in Christchurch, the U.K and most recently Auckland where I lived for the last 10 years. I am passionate about student well-being and creating engaging, exciting and student led learning opportunities for the children. Outside of school I enjoy interior design, holidaying with my family and being active. I have two daughters and two nieces that attend Lincoln Primary School.
Textiles, Digi Tech
Within Schools Teacher - Digital Technology
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 intermediates 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 they are so keen to learn and it so great 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 ( lecturer at Lincoln University) and caring for our 3 sons Hugh ,Arthur and Edgar whom have all left school. They all went to Lincoln Primary , all have a love of cricket and are currently furthering their careers at university. My passions are painting, walking outdoors, trying out new recipes (and buying recipe books!!!) and the movies.
Digi Tech, Textiles
This year, I am teaching part time within the Technology syndicate and have the responsibility of eLearning Leader within our team. I am excited to be part of this future-focussed group and look forward to seeing the creativity students will bring. Originally from Mid-Canterbury, I have called the Selwyn district home for more than ten years. I have previously taught in rural and semi-rural Canterbury schools over the last 20 years and have experience teaching children from Year 0 - Year 13. When I’m not at school I’m usually with my husband and two children going on adventures together or busy at home making stuff.
Textiles, Technology Relief
I became a part of the Lincoln Primary School team at the beginning of 2016 as a Food Technology teacher, after being in a number of different Christchurch schools. I was originally trained in Queensland, Australia, where I taught for a couple of years before going to China to teach English. I love teaching practical 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 quality time with my husband and 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 1986. In the late eighties government restructuring happened and I left to go to Canterbury University where I was a student for most of the nineties, completing B.E. Hons and M.Sc. degrees. Rochelle, who had been working as a receptionist and dental assistant, also became a student and completed a B.A., and we had a great time being students together. From there I attended the Christchurch College of Education where I gained a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning and Rochelle also did a secondary diploma. 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 in 2001 we moved back to Christchurch. Edward then came along in 2004. Rochelle had a good job as a Classics teacher so I became a stay at home dad, which was great fun, and did relief teaching and part time environmental engineering work for a small company. My life changed forever in 2010 when Rochelle was killed cycling to work at Burnside High School. One change that occurred in me was that I became obsessed with fitness and it is now my main thing after the boys. In particular I am an avid hill climbing cyclist and recently gained the world Everesting record. However the single most important thing that happened to me after Rochelle died was that Viv offered me a job at Lincoln Primary, first filling in as the hard materials teacher, and then as the schools’ science specialist. This has enabled me to indulge in my passion for science and science education, and to do something extremely important and worthwhile.