Tom “Teacher Tom” Hobson has been teaching at Woodland Park for the past 15 years. He is known for his progressive, play-based curriculum and namesake blog “Teacher Tom’s Blog” where he has posted daily since 2009, chronicling the life and times of the Woodland Park Cooperative School. Over the past several years, he has been invited to speak all over the world, sharing his stories, insights, and ideas with educators from Greece to China, Australia to the UK. Teacher Tom came into teaching through the backdoor, so to speak, having enrolled his own child in a cooperative preschool. He worked each day in his daughter’s classroom as an assistant teacher under the tutelage of 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,” and that’s where he plans to remain for the rest of his life.