Members of the Council
Jan Deeth, Chair
My husband, Simon and I have been home educating our six children (who are now adults) since 1996. Our home-ed journey has had its usual highs and lows, its successes and failures, but we are thrilled with the outcome – six wonderful people who are a pleasure to know, who are interested in life and people in it, and who are able to think outside the box. I am passionate to keep home education legal and viable for those people who wish to pursue that option. Apart from my family, the other loves in my life are my cello – which I started to learn as an adult and which has resulted in the whole family taking up stringed instruments and playing in the local community orchestra; and living in Tasmania – with all the freedoms and joys that being in such a beautiful landscape brings.
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.
Hello, my name is Tara and I’m glad to have the chance to give back to the Home Education Community of Tasmania. I have four children, who are now young adults. They were each, mainly, home educated. I’m grateful for the extra dimension this gave to my parenting experience and for the great adventures I have enjoyed with my children. Our program involved a process of continuous reinvention, as each child brought new interests and new developmental stages to the family education environment – our home and the wider world.
I believe Home Education has a major role in the tapestry of educational choices now and into the future.
To THEAC I bring more than fifteen years experience of Home Educating and a deep interest in both lifelong learning and community development. I hold two bachelor degrees in Arts and Social Administration. My paid working life has included family counselling and advocacy as well as several projects in the community arts.
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 Educatio Standards.
I look forward to drawing on my experience as a Home Educator, lifelong learner and my diverse working history to support the work of Council and the home education community.
I was a veterinary nurse and practice manager for 20 years prior to the precious time spent home educating my son. I have worked in banking, administration and as a development officer for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
I am currently studying an Ass. Degree in Health and Community Care with a particular interest in arts/health and nature based therapy for well being.
I enjoy learning, nature, yoga and swimming in the ocean.