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



Tim Chugg

Our principal, Tim, has been a teacher for 19 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 ninth 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.



Our teaching team consists of five qualified classroom teachers: Bernadette in Green Room, Samuel in Red Room, Jelly in Orange Room, and Danielle W in Blue Room. The fifth teacher on our staff is Kimberly. Kimberly is our Extended Learning teacher and works 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.


Speech and Language Pathologist

The Search is still On!

At the end of 2019, we farewelled our last Speech Pathologist as they set off on new adventures! 

We are now scouring the globe to find the next awesome Speech Pathologist to work with our students. We hope for good news in this area soon. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, we will be working with some external providers to keep our staff and students' programs fresh and relevant.


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.