Members of the Council
Anne French, Deputy Chair
I am very happy to be back on Council. From 2005 until 2011 I was the Ministerial rep on Council and during those years I learnt much about the home education community and the many ways in which home educators approach their task. I believe home education plays a very important role in the education of Tasmanian children. I retired from the Department of Education in 2012 and since then have been a very busy retiree. Rupert and I have two young granddaughters. I spend a lot of time with them, and love gardening, cooking and reading. We also enjoy the outdoors, day-walking in the bush and boating.
I have been a primary school teacher, principal and manager of education for over 35 years. As a primary school teacher, I have taught from Kinder through to Grade 6 with a strong focus on including children with severe disabilities. This has been both challenging but ultimately very rewarding. Over the last 7 years I have worked with the Principals in the southern part of the state to ensure that systems and processes are in place to improve student learning outcomes for all our students. Within the Department of Education and Learning Service, I have worked with Principals and senior management as a Principal Network Leader and Assistant General Manager for the LSSR.
Currently I am an active retiree volunteering, being available for my family, keeping the dog exercised and bike riding.
I am looking forward to working with THEAC in ensuring that all our students can experience an enriching learning pathway aligned to the Home Education Standards.
I feel very honoured to be appointed to THEAC.
We have been home educating for over 8 years and our two children have never been to school. It was a decision we made before they were born and it has become a way of life and a big responsibility, which we all find rewarding.
We were fortunate to travel the east coast of Australia for two years before returning to Tasmania. This was an incredibly enriching and valuable experience for all of us and we made lifelong friendships and memories.
I love supporting my children in discovering their passions, interests and talents while nurturing their individuality.
My own interests include travel, writing, music and family history.
I look forward to supporting home education in Tasmania through my involvement with THEAC.
I’m very excited to be joining THEAC. I have been home educating my three children for 16 years, using a self-directed, unschooling approach. In that time, I’ve learnt a lot from talking to, and observing, other home educators.
I’m passionate about supporting parents who want to home educate, and about home education being seen as a valid and equal educational option alongside public and private schooling.
I have been involved with the Hobart Home Education Community since 2007 and have been coordinating the email list and newsletter since 2019. I also set up the website Home School In Hobart.
I am an author, poet, artist, playwright, songwriter and actor with a strong interest in natural health and vegan food.
After eight years in the advertising industry, I followed my real passion and began my teaching career. I taught French initially, before having my family and deciding to home school. Both my children were home schooled throughout – it was an exhilarating, challenging and life-shaping journey!
I have since returned to teaching – initially as a secondary teacher of English & Humanities at a small independent Christian school; then, after completing a Graduate Certificate in TESOL, I have been doing sessional and relief teaching in the Migrant English program at TasTAFE. I also do some private tutoring with international students.
I am passionate about teaching and being part of the process of helping young people fulfil their potential. I am a strong advocate of home education and the freedom of choice for families to pursue the best pathway for their own children’s educational needs.
I love walking on the beach, mountains, roses and cheese!