Members of the Council

Leanne Groves – Chair

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.

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.

Bill Linton

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.

Penny Webb

I have been home educating my young children for five years. As my children grow in their interests, knowledge and skills, I am regularly challenged as a home educator to adapt to meet their learning needs. Both my children and I appreciate the unique opportunities we can experience together in our home education journey.

My background is in health, which included an education role to people with varied needs and backgrounds.

My passion for home education, for both my own family and the wider Tasmanian community, continues to grow. I consider it is a privilege and responsibility to serve on THEAC.

Martin Hamilton

As the newest member of THEAC, I have been a home educator for the past 7 years, but my wife and I saw the benefits of educating from home long before we ever had our four children.

I have been in a variety of volunteer roles for more than 25 years, so am no stranger to working for the common good of others.  A qualified martial arts instructor and life coach, I am currently completing studies to qualify as a professional counsellor.  I am an avid reader and musician, and am excited to be part of THEAC and meeting many of you in my journeys.

Denise Cox

I have four children, 3 of whom attend a mainstream school and one I home school. I am coming into my fourth year of home schooling.

I have an interest in helping children with diverse needs and I am passionate about advocating for the needs of children who do not fit the traditional mould of schooling. I have a strong desire to help parents where home schooling was not a choice they made but where home schooling chose them. I am driven by my enthusiasm to ensure a smooth transition to home schooling for both the child and parent alike.

My home schooling journey has taught me to constantly think outside the traditional square of learning and I enjoy the challenge of constantly adapting the way work is delivered to keep my son engaged and motivated. It has taught me to think on my feet and be creative with how our programme is delivered. I love the flexibility home schooling provides and value the benefits of being able to create an educational program that fits the learning style of my child.

I enjoy learning, being outdoors and spending time with my family. I am currently enjoying the challenge of training our new pup to become an Assistance Dog.

Eileen Height

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.