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International Guests

Inspired EC is delighted to bring a range of professionals to Australia each year, to share their passion and knowledge with early childhood educators and families. Information on speakers is available below. If you wish to book a bespoke event or to offer your service as a host venue for an event with any of the listed speakers, please contact our events co-ordinator, Keilla (

Touring in 2018

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Jeff Johnson

Jeff is one of our favourite guests! As an educator, author, pod-caster, resource developer and so much more, Jeff has a wealth of passion and knowledge to share. Some of Jeff’s projects include the Child Care Bar and Grill Podcast and Playvolution HQ. Jeff will be back for another extended tour early in 2018 and we can’t wait!

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Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy has been involved with early childhood education for over 20 years; teaching and working with children in various environments including Head Start, kindergarten, private preschools, family childcare, park and rec centers, group homes and many child care centers. Lisa is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc. where her mission is to assist in the transformation of the industry of early childhood education by offering 1) the best workshops and trainings; 2) the most up to date materials and resources; and 3) insightful conversations and connections through the power of social media.  Lisa presents hundreds of workshops each year to both domestic and international audiences on various topics related to early childhood education. Lisa has an M.Ed. in early childhood education from Champlain College in Vermont.  She has authored four books, produced dozens of teacher training DVD’s and is a popular keynote speaker at educational conferences.  Lisa’s standing room only seminars have become nationally known for their information, humor, inspiration and energetic delivery.  Frequently asked if she has ever been a stand up comic, Lisa practices what she preaches by blending the learning with the laughing. Lisa collaborates with Jeff Johnson from Explorations Early Learning on various projects related to early childhood education, including hosting an annual UNConference and producing THE CHILD CARE BAR AND GRILL podcast – which releases two episodes a week to listeners around the globe. Lisa has become known for her ability to link hands-on activities to educational standards, her outspoken advocacy, and her commitment to creating child-centered, play-based early childhood environments. Her understanding of the importance of play is obvious in her personal and professional life.

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UNcon is coming

Are you looking for professional development that lets YOU take charge of your learning? Do you want to connect with passionate professionals? Join us for the first ever Aussie UNcon! Inclusions: An unforgettable weekend of self directed professional development, facilitated by Jeff Johnson (Explorations Early Learning) Lisa Murphy (Ooey Gooey) and Tash and Nic (Inspired EC) Brunch on Friday Lunch on Sunday A goodie bag! Connections with other passionate professionals

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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.

Exciting News!

Teacher Tom is returning in June 2018. Stay tuned for event details or contact us today to book a session for your organisation.


Do you want to book one of our international guests for your organisation?? Need to know more about an upcoming event?? Have a suggestion for an international guest you would like us to bring to Australia?? We would love to hear from you!