Giant Steps Tasmania has a fantastic team of professionals dedicated to supporting those on the Spectrum.
In 2023 Giant Steps Tasmania welcomes 2 people to the role of Principal.
Tim Chugg, who has been Principal of Giant Steps for 11 years, is taking a sabbatical during 2023, which has presented an excellent opportunity for two members of the Leadership Team to take on a Co-Principal model. Sam Langley and Kimberly Trebilco will be leading our wonderful school in 2023. Sam and Kimberly have both experienced working at Giant Steps in a number of roles and have had the opportunity to spend time over the last 18 months preparing for a leadership role.
The school will be in excellent hands!
Our teaching team consists of seven qualified classroom teachers: Dorothy in Green Room, Solveiga and Patricia in Red Room, Sam and Jenny in Orange Room, and Danielle in Blue Room. The seventh teacher on our staff is Kimberly. Kimberly is one of our co-principals and along with helping run our school Kimberly will be working between all the class groups with a focus on particular subjects and programs with children with an identified need. Kimberly has worked on things such as Numeracy, Literacy, and STEM. 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.
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, social and proprioceptive issues they face.
Siaren is also a member of our Leadership Team and provides valuable advice to staff on the various sensory, behavioural and physical needs of our students.
Siaren is always available to talk to parents and other stakeholders about the progress of our children and clients.
Our Leadership Team was created in 2021 to meet the developing needs of our growing school.
In 2023 our Leadership Team is comprised of our Co-Principals (Sam and Kimberly) and our Occupational Therapist (Siaren). This group meets regularly to discuss school issues and manage all aspects of Giant Steps. Our team are a valuable resource that our staff can call on for advice and assistance.
The Leadership Team will continue to play an important role in our school while Tim Chugg is on leave this year.