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 2017
Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, an internationally recognized program in the United States and New Zealand. She is the author of the nonfiction book, Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children published by New Harbinger. Angela has been featured on the Children & Nature Network, Huffington Post, MindShift, Babble.com, NPR’s Education blog, the DIY Network, The Jerusalem Post, Times of India, Johnson & Johnson TEDx Talks, and is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Answer Sheet.
Jeff A Johnson
Jeff A Johnson opened Exploration Early Learning, a family child care program in 2003 with his wife Tasha after spending 16 years directing a child care centre and community care centre for a large non-profit agency.
Their program focused on emergent learning in a play based and child-centred environment. According to Jeff, “The best thing about our program is that our days are full of laughs, conversation, play, exploration, discoveries and fun. We enjoyed creating an environment conducive to ‘light bulb moments’ – those moments when kids grasp a new ideas.”
Jeff and Tasha kept their program small to accommodate Jeff’s writing and speaking schedule. His audience as a speaker and writer, is the hardworking caregivers dedicated to doing right by children; early care and education professionals, teachers and parents.
In 2013 they retired to pursue their hobbies: writing books, speaking at early learning events, making toys, recording podcasts and advocating for child-led play and caregiver self-care. Jeff is the author of nine books with more to come.
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.