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.  Today, Teacher Tom shares his play-based pedagogy through his popular online courses for early childhood educators and parents; produces annual online early childhood conferences; consults with organizations about his "Family Schools" program; and inspires early years audiences around the world (Greece, UK, Iceland, Australia, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, Canada, and across the US) both virtually and in-person with his engaging views on early childhood education, play, and pedagogy.  He has authored two bestselling books, aptly named Teacher Tom's First Book, and Teacher Tom's Second Book.