Specialist Teachers

Karen McKinney

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 taking on my new role as the Reading Recovery teacher for our school.  When not at school I enjoy spending time with my family.

Sonya Cardus

Connecting Minds Teacher

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...

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.