Syndicate One, Years 0-2, Staff Profiles

Kaiako - Reception Class

Hannah Fechney

Kia ora koutou, I graduated with a Bachelor in Teaching and Learning through the University of Canterbury at the end of 2019 and this is my second year teaching at Lincoln Primary. This year I have the privilege of welcoming children to Lincoln Primary as the new entrance teacher. I am passionate about teaching and aim to provide my students with a caring and safe environment to be creative, learn and grow. After living in Nelson for the last 10 years, my husband Mark and I and our two children Ben and Ella are loving Selwyn and enjoy spending time together and exploring the region.

Kaiako - Rebecca Thompson

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary for 7 years. This year I have the privilege of supporting our new tamariki as they transition into the next step of their learning journey, and in the second half of the year being part of the Royal Society of NZ science scholarship programme. Teaching is my passion.  Literacy and the Arts are areas that I really enjoy exploring with students. I am trained in FIE and love the way this and SOLO enhance children’s thinking and learning.Prior to Lincoln Primary, I have taught for about 18 years, either in the classroom or in EOTC spaces, like the Air Force Museum or International Antarctic Centre.  I graduated in 1994 and have worked in South Otago and Christchurch. Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 boys.   I am an avid reader and enjoy the Arts.

Kaiako - Year 1

Mandy O'Sullivan

Kaiwhakahaere Hapori Tahi - Learning Leader

I started teaching at Lincoln Primary School at the beginning of Term 3 2017 after having taught at Somerfield School for 12 years in the senior school. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of teaching at the junior level. The delight that children of this age show when discovering and learning new things is a very precious opportunity and I count myself very lucky to be able to witness this everyday.

Kaiako - Julia Holland

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School for approximately 12 years and I have taught a range of year levels from year 0 to year 6. I am thrilled to currently be teaching the year 1 students in Pakura. I am a caring, nurturing person with a bubbly personality. I enjoy getting to know all the individuals in my class and seeing them grow. I organise activities that are hands on, engaging and in a real life context. My goal is to help all children to feel comfortable and confident in the environment so that they are willing to try new things and thrive. I am privileged to be a part of the beginning of your child’s primary school learning journey. 
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially my 6 year old daughter (who attends Lincoln Primary), my 2 year old son and my partner Patrick. I love the outdoors, gardening, running, reading, biking and cooking.

Kaiako - Year 2

Karen James

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School since 2006 and during my time  here I have taught almost every year level. I entered The Christchurch College of Education after having spent time at home bringing up my own children and I have never once regretted my career change! I love the fact that every day brings something new and often surprising. Watching children's’ eyes light up when they suddenly realise that they ‘got it’ is a huge buzz. Outside of school I love to spend time with my 3 sons and my husband John. I enjoy reading historical novels, watching movies and traveling. I am an avid fan of theme parks - the more extreme the ride, the better! I imagine that most children I have taught wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that I am a huge Disney fan!

Kaiako - Karen Nicholas

I am very happy to continue to be a part of the Lincoln Primary School community in 2021, especially as I will be able to continue the relationships I have built with the children I taught in Year 1. I began my teaching career in a large, multicultural primary school in London. I have now taught in New Zealand for over 20 years. My personal teaching philosophy is that education should be fun, child centred, fostering inquiry and independence within a positive, secure environment, that allows all pupils to shine.

Kaiako - Jill Johnson

I moved from England to New Zealand in 2009 and feel privileged to live in beautiful Selwyn.  Previously, I taught in Germany, England and several schools around Canterbury.  I began teaching at Lincoln Primary School during 2017 and love working here.    
I have a musical background and enjoy making music and performing with children.  I learnt to play the Euphonium and Piano when I was very young and continue today as a member of Addington Brass.  We perform regularly in The Transitional Cardboard Cathedral and other venues, contesting annually around New Zealand.  I have a few enthusiastic piano students and love singing great choral classics in choirs when I have time to do so.  Once again I will be encouraging and supporting children who involve themselves in the various music ensembles on offer at Lincoln Primary School.  I hope to raise a senior and junior choir this year and enable the children to participate in Christchurch music events.   
In my spare time I like to visit the cinema, dine out and explore New Zealand.  To stay healthy I enjoy walking, cycling and skiing.  I am married to Nick and together we have two fantastic grown up boys.  As a family we regularly support The Crusaders and The All Blacks.