Council and Staff

Members of the Council

rebeccaRebecca Jenkins, Home Educator Nominee – Chair

Hello everyone and welcome to The Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council. I have been a council member since early 2015 and took up the role of Chair in August 2016. I have three incredible daughters that my husband and I have educated at home for the past seven years. Having experienced the tremendous benefits to children and families, we are very passionate about home education and it’s future. We use an eclectic mix of this and that, tailoring the program to suit the growing needs of our girls.  Professionally my background is in education and family support and I hold qualifications in teaching and counselling.

amanda bartleAmanda Bartle, Home Educator Nominee – Deputy Chair

My husband and I have been involved in home education for twenty- two years.   During that time I have been the primary educator. After meeting children of ‘home educators’ I was amazed at their confidence, both academically and socially. I started the journey after our first child turned four. Now, after seven children I am even more convinced that home education is an amazing and exciting alternative.  Four of our children have completed their home education program and have gone on to work and further education. One is enrolled in a school and two children are currently studying at home. It is such a joy to see them grow and develop.  Home education has become more visible in our communities and more families are taking up the challenge. Having experienced the success and benefits of home education I like to encourage families to consider the possibility of home education. As a THEAC member I welcome this opportunity to promote and support home education in Tasmania.

jan deeth

Jan Deeth, Home Educator Nominee

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-frenchAnne French, Ministerial Nominee

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.


Suzanne Pennicott-Jones, Ministerial Nominee – DoE Representative

I have 23 years of classroom teaching and school principal experience across the educational spectrum, from early childhood teaching to University lecturing.  I have spent the past nine years in educational administration and currently work in Strategic Policy and Planning as a Principal Policy Analyst in the portfolio of Early Years and Schools.  I am married to Andrew, I have three adult children, Christopher, Rebecca and Isobel and I am about to become a grandmother.  I enjoy cooking, reading, writing and studying.  Other hobbies and interests include learning to play golf, renovating our home and vintage car rallies.

 Tara Ulbrich, Home Educator Nominee

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.



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August 17
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November 30

These are provisional dates and may change owing to unforeseen circumstances.