Specialist Teachers

Karen McKinney

Kaiāwhina pānui - 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 continuing my role as the Reading Recovery teacher for our school, whilst also working in a range of classrooms. When not at school I enjoy spending time with my family.

Robyn Tobeck


I have been at Lincoln Primary School for a considerable period of time but I really enjoy the association with the different children and staff that I come into contact with each day.
I enjoy sport and played netball in my youth. I continue to play badminton, golf and my greatest passion tennis.
Outside of school I enjoy my life on the family farm where I am unrecognisable as the Miss T of the classroom.

Andy Roberton


I’m from Chch. After completing a BA in History I headed off overseas for several years. I re trained to become a teacher 12 years ago and have been mainly at Lincoln Primary ever since. I enjoy Literacy and PE. Through my role as Classroom Release Teacher I get to interact with a variety of age groups and teachers. Outside of school I enjoy windsurfing, football and tramping. I’m also passionate about the environment, and enjoy music, reading and catching up with family and friends.

Miranda Smith


Since 2015, I have worked at Lincoln Primary School in various roles, both part-time and full time. Prior to that, I was relieving at a variety of schools within the cluster and marking assignments for Canterbury University while my daughters were young. Now, my children both attend Lincoln Primary and it is exciting for us all to be part of this dedicated, diverse and inclusive school community. 
My first years of teaching began in Auckland in 1999 where I taught at a state school and later in the private school sector. Whilst teaching in Auckland, I studied part-time to gain a Masters of Education with first class Honours. I thrive on learning and am passionate to share my love of learning with my students in a calm and student-centred environment.
Outside of school, I enjoy family time exploring the great outdoors with our dogs, keeping active and supporting my children in their various sports and activities. I also love reading, travelling and catching up with family and friends.