Inspired EC has always aimed to bring inspiring, knowledgeable and passionate professionals to Australia. We take requests for International guests and also seek out guests who we believe will deliver high quality professional development. This year we are excited to be bringing several guests who can be booked for special events in your area. These may include keynote presentations for conferences or smaller workshop sessions. We have included detailed information about each guest and the topics they may present on. If you wish to enquire or book, please complete the contact form at the bottom of the page or phone the Inspired EC office on (02) 49478112 between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday.
Coming in 2018
Tom "Teacher Tom" Hobson
Tom "Teacher Tom" Hobson is a preschool teacher, writer, speaker, artist, and author. He is best known, however, for his namesake blog "Teacher Tom's Blog" where he has posted daily for over 4 years, chroni-cling the life and times of his little preschool in the rain soaked Pacific Northwest corner of the US. For the past 12 years Teacher Tom has been the sole employee of the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools, a collection of 4 separate parent-owned and operated schools housed under a single roof, knit together by Teacher Tom's democratic, progressive play-based pedagogy. The children come to the school as 2-year-olds in diapers and leave as "sophisticated" 6-year-olds ready for the larger world. Teacher Tom came into teaching through the backdoor, so to speak, having enrolled his own child in a cooperative preschool, where he began working daily in his daughter's classroom as an assistant teacher under the tutelage of both veteran teachers, although he'll be the first to tell you that most of what he learned came from the children themselves. When it was time for his daughter to move on, he "stayed behind," where he plans to remain for the rest of his life.