Giant Steps Tasmania has a fantastic team of enthusiastic, experienced and professional people working together to implement our programs.

 

Principal

Tim Chugg

Our principal, Tim, has been a teacher for 18 years and has worked with children in a variety of settings. Tim has worked at Giant Steps Tasmania for fifteen years and is in his eighth year as principal. Seeing the lives of families and children positively affected by Giant Steps Tasmania's programs provides the ongoing motivation to keep him striving to provide a world-class program that meets the individual needs of all our clients.

 

Teachers

Our teaching team consists of five qualified classroom teachers: Danielle M in Green Room, Samuel in Red Room, Jelly in Orange Room and Danielle W in Blue Room. The fifth teacher on our staff is Bianca. Bianca has taken on a new role in our school of an extended learning teacher who works between all the class groups and focus on particular subjects and programs with children with an identified need. So far this year Bianca has worked on things such as Math Pathways, literacy and even Yoga. This role has added some extra flexibility for our teachers and extra value for our students.  Our Teachers manage the individual education and support plans programs for each child. It is a role that requires a great deal of skill and an ability to multitask and differentiate every lesson.

The teachers are also responsible for managing our team of therapists and teaching assistants and keeping the important people in our children’s lives up to date with their progress.

 

Speech and Language Pathologist

Nupi Jaiswal

Nupi focuses on the communication needs of our students. She is instrumental in developing children’s skills in language and nonverbal communication and in developing the staff's use of visual aids and communication technologies. She also provides individual and small group therapy sessions and advice to parents and carers as to how to best support their children.

 

Occupational Therapist

Siaren Lacangan

Siaren works in individual and small group sessions with the students. She provides a variety of services for our children which support the many sensory, physical and proprioceptive issues they face.

Siaren is always available to talk to parents and other stakeholders about the progress of our children and clients.