Syndicate Three, Years 5-6, Staff Profiles

Kaiako - Year 5/6

Joel Thomson

Kaiwhakahaere Hapori Toru - Syndicate Leader

I started at Lincoln Primary in 2016 after teaching in Tauranga. I have previously been the Syndicate One and Syndicate Two learning leader. I enjoy having a learning space where everyone is willing to try new learning and discover through trial and improvement. I have been involved with student technicians and leading the authentic learning team to develop meaningful learning activities for all students across LPS. Outside of school, I play indoor cricket during the winter months. I give most sports a go and try to get out and join in with students when I can. I spend lots of my free time exercising our dog of completing building projects around our house. 

Kaiako - Georgiana Willetts

Having been born in Christchurch and then growing up in the small town of Pukekohe, I decided to make my teaching dream a reality and move back to Christchurch. I began a bachelor of teaching and learning at the University of Canterbury in 2014. 
In 2017, Instantly I gained a strong connection with the community when I began teaching at Lincoln Primary School. The friendly atmosphere, well-mannered children, welcoming parents and staff, is a culture every teacher strives for in their career. I am looking forward to working with the Year 5/6 in Pārera this year. 
Christchurch has captured my heart after returning and living here for 5 years. I love the cloudless skies while walking around Hagley park or one of the scenic tracks on the Port Hills. I like to discover new places, travel, and dine with my friends and family during the weekends. My passion for all things creative led me to cooking, painting and gardening in my spare time.

Kaiako - Year 5/6

Sue Gollan

Since completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching I have been teaching for over 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand. I am fortunate to have been working at Lincoln Primary School since 2016, firstly in the Year 5/6 space and then as part of the Connecting Minds (GATE) programme for the last 4 years. I am really looking forward to returning to Year 5/6 and working alongside our collaborative team in Syndicate 3.
I am passionate about engaging positively with students and creating a learning environment where all students feel valued and are empowered to reach their full potential. 
When I’m not at school I love spending time with my family, friends and walking our dog, Gus.

Kaiako - Abby Kennedy

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary School since 2017 and this year, I’m working with the Year 5 and 6 children in Whio. I am a firm believer that relationships are at the heart of teaching. Over the past few years it has been great to have the opportunity to build relationships with many students and families across the Lincoln Primary School community. I am passionate about student leadership and this year, I am excited to be working with the Lincoln Primary School Student Council. When I’m not at school I enjoy cooking, gardening  and spending time with my partner Dom and our lovely cat Mumble. 

Kaiako - Year 5/6

Leonie Young

I have taught at Lincoln Primary for about 23 years. This seems like a long time but why would I leave? The children, the parents and the staff here have always been the best and my role has continually changed. For the first seven years I was part time as my two boys were young. I either released teachers or taught Reading Recovery. During this time, I completed my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. Following this I have been teaching full time in syndicates 2, 3 and 4. I have had ten years of leadership and am now focusing on working with the children.I believe building relationships with children is an essential part of teaching. Our HEROES and our Powers we (the students and staff) have created underpin all that is important to be a successful citizen. These are unique and special to LPS.Sport and being active has been an important part of my life and I encourage this at school. I run our Physical Activity Leaders and am proud of the students who gain in confidence to run activities for other children. Many of these students have ended up as House Leaders.At home I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, and because both of my sons are overseas, I like to visit Australia and America. As mentioned, I like physical activity so I am often off on walks, bike rides or spending time in the garden.

Kaiako - James Keen

I have been teaching at Lincoln Primary since 2019. This year I will be teaching Year 5 and 6 alongside Mrs Young in Kotuku. I am also responsible for multi-cultural connections within the school. After completing my teaching qualification at the University of Canterbury I taught in Rarotonga for five years. I absolutely loved my time living and teaching in such a unique, beautiful and occasionally challenging environment. I met my wife there, and we now have a very busy four year old boy, Tamatoa.   I am a firm believer in the value of creating and nurturing positive relationships within the classroom learning environment. Outside of school I really enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the outdoors, gardening, good coffee and food, watching the mighty Crusaders and getting stuck into a new movie or tv show.