Our Teachers

Rod Tomlinson – School Chair

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Having taught in Steiner schools across Australia, Rod now lectures to teachers and parents on the education and philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.   He is currently the School Chair at Tarremah.

With a background in english literature, Rod has an interest in language both modern and ancient.  Rod enjoys strong coffee whilst holding conversations in ancient greek.

Contact:rodt@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Andreas Kuepper – Primary Teacher

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Andreas is working as a class teacher in the primary school, having already completed a class 1-8 cycle at Tarremah.  Previously at Bowral Rudolf Steiner School, Andreas trained at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School receiving an Advanced Diploma in Steiner Teaching.

Most of his life, Andreas has been involved with music, from being a professional concert pianist and producing his own contemporary dance music.

Contact:andreask@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Annette Fuhr-Evitt – Early Childhood Teacher

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Annette works lovingly as a kindergarten teacher at Tarremah. She first visited Tarremah in 1996 to attend a Steiner teacher training course for staff and parents.  Both of her daughters attended Tarremah from playgroup to secondary school.

Contact:annettef@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Art Shrimpton – Secondary Teacher

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As an experienced surveyor and mathematician. Art makes mathematics accessible to secondary students offering a practical approach to abstract concepts.

Contact:arts@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Brett Tait – Secondary Teacher

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Brett is an English teacher and class guardian in the middle school.  He also teaches both history and art for classes 6 – 10.

Whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Western Sydney he first encountered Steiner education.   After teaching in a public school for many years he studied Steiner Pedagogy at Glenaeon, Sydney.

Brett was seriously considering answering an advertisement for Steiner Teachers in Anchorage, Alaska when a colleague from Tarremah informed him of a position that was vacant here, which he applied for instead.   In his own words, “I mean, it’s not as exotic as the Land of the Midnight Sun. But there’s a wonderful lack of Sarah Palin here, which has to count for something…”

Contact:brettt@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Bruce Warner – Secondary Teacher

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Bruce is a class teacher in the middle school.  He has come to Tarremah from Western Australia Steiner School.

Bruce studied anthroposophy for many years prior to becoming a teacher and continues to study in the pursuit of knowledge.

Contact:brucew@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Elise Blacher – Primary Teacher

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Elise is both a class teacher and craft teacher in the primary school.  She enjoys working with an integrated curriculum and bringing each topic to life with craft, activities, songs, movement as well as written work.

Elise has studied International Business and Marketing all around the world, including receiving a scholarship to study at Harvard Business School in Boston. Elise works as an educational administrator and marketer two days a week. She is a parent of two children in the secondary school.

Contact:eliseb@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Emily Wolfe – Strings Teacher

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An established musician with her own successful award winning folk band – As the Crow Flies – Emily brings life and joy to her teaching.  Emily teaches violin and cello to the primary school students.

Contact:emilyw@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Frank Toman – Outdoor Education Teacher

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Frank taught in many different schools since 1991, before finding a home at Tarremah. He was a pioneering teacher of the high school before realizing a passion in outdoor education.

Frank believes it is the Tasmanian bush which originally brought many folk to live here.  In his own words, “My own small children are beginning to experience the wonders and realness of this world … so I’m discovering anew the delight of going slowly and being in the moment.”

Contact:frankt@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Georgina Ferguson – Playgroup Co-ordinator

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Georgina first visited Tarremah in 1998 and witnessed her first Steiner kindergarten.   She was at once struck by the beauty of the space; warm and child-friendly combined with the smell of muesli baking. This was a kindergarten where children were allowed to be children; supported in creative play where their imaginations were alive. They were engaged, interactive and problem-solving through their play.

Georgina became a class teacher at Tarremah, before taking a break to have her own children. Georgina is currently a playgroup leader at Tarremah.

Contact:georginaf@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Gina Rose – Music Co-ordinator

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Gina is the music coordinator at Tarremah, teaching classes in both the primary and upper school.

Her background is in classical voice performance and teaching after attaining post-graduate degrees in both Music Performance and Teaching at UTAS. Gina has performed in various opera, music theatre and concert repertoire for a number of years whilst also teaching in schools, from her own vocal studio, and at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music.

Gina taught Aural Studies at UTAS for a year and directed the Conservatorium Vocal Ensemble for 7 years. Whilst at the Conservatorium of Music, Gina was awarded the Churchill Trust Fellowship, which took her to Finland, Hungary and London to further study aural training in developing singers in 2009.

Gina loves living in the Channel with her husband, young daughter and two lazy, retired greyhounds.

Contact:ginar@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Hayley Saltmarsh – Secondary Teacher

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Hayley enjoys bringing life to her Japanese lessons in the secondary and upper primary school. She also guides students on life-changing trips to Japan every alternate year.
Hayley combines her speciality in Japanese culture and language with teaching physical education and being a class guardian in the secondary school.

Contact:hayleys@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Isabella Kumpulainen – Primary Teacher

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Bel first encountered Rudolf Steiner’s approach to education on a visit to a market garden that was originally attached to Tarremah.  She had been working for several years establishing a biodynamic olive grove in Cambridge and had been gradually developing a broader interest in Steiner’s work.  After a tour of the school she was convinced that Tarremah was offering the kind of education she wanted for her children.

Now a class teacher in the primary school, Bel continues to deepen her understanding of Steiner education through her studies and her experience working with young children.

Contact:isabellak@tarremah.tas.edu.au

John Correy – Educational Administrator

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As educational administrator, John can utilize his years of experience as a primary and high school teacher.  He has been both a primary and high school teacher at Tarremah and now co-ordinates pathways programmes and work experience in the upper classes.

Being a science, mathematics and outdoor specialist John felt that Tarremah offered such diverse educational opportunities much richer in the arts, music and academic areas than his own schooling.

With a love of the outdoors, John also co-ordinates the outdoor education program which takes him on many journeys around Tasmania.  A true bush-man, John spends the school holidays ‘somewhere’ in remote Tasmania.

Contact:johnc@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Kaara Tilasmi – Playgroup Leader

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A professional dancer, with a Diploma in Performing Arts, Kaara has been teaching and performing dance for many years.  Now with four Steiner educated children she is working in the Early Childhood Centre as a Playgroup Leader.

Kaara’s work with infants and parents compliments her studies to become a primary teacher.

Contact:kaarat@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Kevin Roberts – Secondary Teacher

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Whilst Kevin’s main interest is quantum physics, he currently teaches mathematics in Classes 7-10.  Kevin is also an IT expert and supports the school information systems part time.

Contact:kevr@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Kim Merhulik – Primary Teacher

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Kim has taught all over the world, from England to Japan.  She started at Tarremah as a Japanese specialist teacher and now also works as a class teacher in the primary school.

Contact:kimm@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Leonie Atkins – Teacher Librarian

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Leonie is our teacher-librarian and ICT teacher, who also teaches some English lessons in the upper school.  For many years Leonie taught people how to manage and operate libraries and university libraries in Tasmania, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Leonie loves reading and children’s books in particular. Her passion is in evaluating information and helping students to become critically literate. She also loves travelling.

She is on a journey of life-long learning and enjoys learning from the community of students and staff at Tarremah.

Contact:leoniea@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Lindsey Gallon – Secondary Teacher

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Lindsey Gallon is currently teaching english and drama at Tarremah Steiner School and was first introduced to anthroposophy some 20 years ago through her children, both whom have completed their education at various Steiner Schools in New Zealand and Australia! She has taught both in Steiner high schools and as a class teacher as well as mainstream high schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama and a post graduate degree in Education.

Contact:lindsayg@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Matt Bale – Secondary Teacher

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Matt teaches science, maths and woodwork in the secondary school, whilst also being a class guardian in the upper school.

Previously a furniture designer, Matt has a keen eye for detail and design and incorporates this practical knowledge into kinaesthetic learning experiences for his students.

Contact:mattb@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Michael Rowland – Gardening Teacher

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Michael recently joined the school with experience as a Teacher of  Horticulture, Music, Drama, and Manual Arts; he has also been a professional gardener, landscape ecologist, farm manager, bee keeper and builder.

Michael has plans to extend the garden program throughout the school developing a paddock to plate program and diversifying the learning activities to build the student’s knowledge, competency and confidence working in and with nature to create food peacefully and enjoyably.

Contact:michaelr@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Naomi Lambie – Outdoor Education Teacher

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Naomi studied and taught outdoor education in central Victoria for 6 years before moving to Tasmania. Now at Tarremah, Naomi teaches outdoor education to students in classes 5 -10.

The outdoor education program begins long before the trip, when she visits the class for preparation sessions. During programs students learn to care for themselves, each other and the environment in the surrounding Tasmania wilderness. Working with the children over consecutive years has enabled Naomi to interact with them in similar environments, while engaging them in different faculties to accommodate their developmental needs.

Contact:naomil@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Seth Ireland – Primary Teacher

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Seth is a Class Teacher in the primary school.  He is very experienced with children, having had six of his own.

Contact:sethi@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Sharon Clarke – Secondary Teacher

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Sharon moved to Tasmania from the mainland with a young family to start a life in beautiful Tasmania.  She is a class guardian and has taught physical education, health and physiology for many years at Tarremah

The students love these subjects because it allows them to explore their physical boundaries as well as extend their understanding of the whole human being in the context of life around them.

Sharon’s two children have now graduated from Tarremah and are both enjoying the benefits of having had such a special education at a very special school.

Contact:sharonc@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Sue Bottrill – Primary Learning Support

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Sue has been at Tarremah for many years in the roles of class teacher, craft teacher and now learning support.  She enjoys this role, which allows her to draw upon her wide experience and deploy new ideas and resources, which best cater for such diverse students.

Sue has run preschools and worked with ESL students and right through to teaching literacy to adults.   She has also studied movement training in Steiner schools in Sydney.

In her spare time she enjoys delving into a good book, her family, a menagerie of pets and attempting to keep her acreage of garden reasonably tame. Sue is also fond of cooking and fabric and craft ‘experiments’.

Contact:suebottrill@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Sue Bushnell – Primary Music Teacher

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Sue teaches music in the primary school: including singing and movement, recorder and untuned percussion instruments.

What appeals to Sue as a music teacher is the use of music in a Steiner school to mark the rhythms of the school day, especially in the earlier years when the teacher cues the children for a change in activity with a song: morning circle, story, meal time blessing, end of day farewell. Music and rhythm can be used in every aspect of learning; it is as natural as breathing and is of great benefit in a child’s holistic learning.

Sue loves to see students’ faces when they first realize how good the music they are making sounds, or when they master a difficult piece or passage after some struggle, and the faces of their parents when they see their children participate in a festival or concert.

Contact:suebushnell@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Suzie Thomas – Secondary Learning Support

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Suzie works closely with students and teachers in the upper school to provide learning support.  Children have different needs during their adolescence and Suzie supports them in their academic lives; paying attention to their emotional wellbeing and behaviour.  Suzie works with Life Skills, supports students in and out of class, and helps with students transitioning into college life.

Suzie claims to have sailed around Ireland on a schooner and met the King of Tory Island!

Contact:suziet@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Ursula Miklauschina – German Teacher

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Ursula teaches German to classes 1 to 10 and facilitates a student exchange program for class 10 students with two German Waldorf schools.

Ursula was trained as a secondary teacher for German, French and English in Switzerland and was teaching there for over a decade before moving to Tasmania.  She began teaching at Tarremah in 2011, after attending Steiner teacher training sessions.

Ursula lives on a farm with her partner and many beef cattle, a few sheep, chickens, turkeys and ducks and three border collies.

Contact:ursulam@tarremah.tas.edu.au

Wendy Hyland – Primary Teacher

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Wendy is an experienced Steiner teacher who has previously taken a group of students from class 1-8.  She is now on her second teaching round as a primary class teacher.  Her specialist areas include art, health, physical activities and craft.

Wendy is a member of the Tasmanian Anthroposophical Society who participates in study groups, meetings and special events when possible. Her Steiner training has been in-house, through workshops, attendance at conferences and intensives within Australia over the past fifteen years.

Contact:wendyh@tarremah.tas.edu.au