Tom "Teacher Tom" Hobson is an early childhood educator, international speaker, education consultant, teacher of teachers, parent educator, and author.


He is best known, however, for his namesake "Teacher Tom's Blog," where he has posted daily for over a decade, chronicling the life and times of his little preschool in the rain soaked Pacific Northwest corner of the USA. For nearly two decades he was the sole employee of the Woodland Park Cooperative School, a parent-owned and operated school, knit together by Teacher Tom's democratic, progressive, play-based pedagogy. He has authored two bestselling books, consults with organizations about his "Family Schools program,” and inspires early years audiences around the world at major education conferences, both virtually and in-person.


Teacher Tom also enjoys sharing his approach through online e-courses for early childhood educators and parents, and via international ECE conferences. In 2020, he co-hosted the epic “The Play First Summit” with Fairydust Teaching, attracting more than 75,000 participants from over 100 countries. This year he is thrilled to be hosting and producing Teacher Tom’s Play Summit all on his own.