Tania Innes

Director/ Speech Pathologist

Tania has more than 20 years of experience working in early intervention and education settings. She achieved a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours in 1997 and a Graduate Certificate in Education in 2007. Tania is currently working towards a Diploma of Breastfeeding Management through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Tania has worked in a variety of settings in Tasmania and the UK and has varied experiences in working with children of all ages and with a range of speech, language, communication and feeding needs.

Tania has worked in private practice since 2008 and has progressively developed a number of areas of special interest. Clinically, she loves to work with young clients and their families with speech, stuttering, feeding and orofacial myology difficulties, while consultatively, she has developed a special interest in preventative education, and in working with educators to impact a child's language learning in the classroom.

Tania is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia. She also works as a consultant to Speech Pathology Australia, as part of the Association's Professional Recognition Panel.

Away from work, Tania enjoys outdoor time with her husband and 3 children, camping, scuba diving, hiking, as well as cooking and netball umpiring.

Clare Weare

Director/ Inclusive Education Consultant

Clare has nearly 20 years of experience working with students with special learning needs, and their families and educators, in Australia and the UK.

For 7 years, she worked as Director of Studies in a school for students with Specific Learning Disorders, and she currently works part time as a Learning Support Coordinator in a mainstream school.

She obtained a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) in 2001, a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education in 2008, and a Master of Education (Special Education) in 2020. In 2019 Clare completed the Associate Multisensory Structured Language course, and is an Associate Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association.

Clare has a particular interest in working with students with Specific Learning Disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and those with attention, memory or executive functioning difficulties. She believes a united approach between schools, families and service providers is essential in maximising student learning and in supporting students to become their own advocates.

Outside of the workplace, Clare enjoys glamping, reading and cooking but mostly just drives her children to sport and barracks for her beloved Richmond Football Club.

Rachael Zeeman

Speech Pathologist

Rachael is a speech pathologist whose special interest is in working with young children and their families to support early speech and language development. She is particularly skilled at working with children who are late to start talking, and working with families to implement strategies that see these little people become effective communicators.

Rachael also enjoys working with children to improve their speech clarity and become enthusiastic speakers, confident in their ability to make themselves understood.

Rachael graduated in 2013 with a combined Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Speech Pathology. She has worked across early intervention and school settings, including in mainstream education and disability. Rachael is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Outside of work, Rachael enjoys travelling, gardening, yoga, pilates and walking her dog, Georgie.

Erin Bowring

Literacy Instructor

As a Literacy Instructor, Erin is passionate about supporting her students to develop the skills they need to communicate confidently. She has worked as a Classroom Teacher and Year Level Coordinator in different educational contexts throughout Australia since 2012.

Erin obtained a Bachelor of Arts (2009) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (2011) / Master of Teaching (2015) from the University of Melbourne. Erin has a special interest in inclusive education and the promotion of student wellbeing.

Outside of work, Erin enjoys walking and swimming at the beach.

Sharon Leguis

Assistant Literacy Instructor

Sharon graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Resource Management) in 1995 from the University of Adelaide, and studied for her post-graduate certificate in Natural Resource Management in 1997 at Washington State University and the University of Adelaide. Sharon later came to discover her passion for working with children and subsequently retrained as a Teacher Assistant.

As part of our Literacy Intervention team, Sharon now combines her appreciation of scientific methods and analytical mind with her enthusiasm for inclusive education to deliver evidence-based instruction to students. She enjoys working with clients and their families to help students reach their learning potential.

Outside of work, Sharon enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, and hanging out with her family and fur baby.

Loren Leauanae

Administration Assistant

Loren works as our Administration Assistant. She started her professional career in hospitality, managing cafes and restaurants establishments in Tasmania and New South Wales.

After moving home to Tasmania, she worked part time in many different roles whilst raising her three children then worked full-time in a hair salon for almost ten years. Learning new skills and building relationships with clients were among the things she enjoyed most.

Her work experience has been varied and, at times, worlds apart, but the determining factor in her job choices has always been her love of people. That is what led her to her role at Start Smart Tasmania.

Loren loves gardening, cooking, and spending time with family, especially her grandson and dog.

Carolyn Bailey

Literacy Instructor

Carolyn has worked as a teacher for the last 20 years. She had predominantly taught students across the grades from Kindergarten to Grade 2. Throughout her teaching she has catered for a range of students with diverse needs and has developed a deep understanding of children’s learning and development. Carolyn has also had the opportunity to work with pre-service teachers at the University of Tasmania. Carolyn obtained a Bachelor of Education in 2000 from the University of Tasmania and a Masters of Education (Special Education) in 2009 from Flinders University.

As a Literacy Instructor, Carolyn is committed to enabling students to reach their full potential by building on their current skills and knowledge, in a supportive environment.

Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys spending time at the gym and spending time with family and friends.

Sherryl Innes

Literacy Instructor

Sherryl Innes is a literacy instructor who has always been passionate about literacy for herself, her children and those she has been charged with teaching. Sherryl has had a long career in education, working at a special needs school and teaching literacy to special needs and regular students in a secondary school setting. Sherrl also had a stint teaching students overseas. Sherryl has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania and recently completed the Orton-Gillingham course for students with Dyslexia and other special needs in literacy learning.

During her spare time, Sherryl enjoys spending time with her family, dining with friends, playing and listening to music and, of course, reading.

Bridgette Demarchi

Literacy Instructor

After initially completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science (RMIT, 1996), Bridgette started out her career working as a medical scientist for 13 years in both public and private settings in Australia and in the UK.

In 2008, a major career shift was made when she undertook further studies to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education (La Trobe) and since then she has taught in both Victoria and Tasmania, working both as a classroom teacher as well as doing relief. She joined the team at Start Smart in January 2021.

Outside of work, Bridgette enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids and will usually be found with a tool in her hand indicative of one of her many hobbies... sewing, gardening or cooking.