The Story of Inspired Minds ECC Consulting Inc.

Created in 2015, Inspired Minds ECC believes in inspiring, educating and motivating individuals working with young children, and their community, to provide high quality care and learning experiences through practical and innovative professional development services and resources. We thrive on building connections and inspiring other Protectors of Play!

Our Motto: To inspire, educate and motivate early childhood educators through collaboration, community and Play!

Mission

Inspired Minds strives to inspire, support and provide early childhood professionals with a Playful approach to professional development needed to promote and sustain high quality care and build awareness of early learning and care practices in the Early Learning community.
Inspired Minds achieves this through:

  • Professional development workshops (on-line & in-person)
  • Innovative, practical, research based, fun and active learning experiences
  • Inspirational Conferences
  • Networking & Social Events
  • Coaching and Mentorship
  • Team building & leadership training
  • Leadership mentorship & coaching
  • Reflective practices
  • Curriculum support
  • Customized services and packages to reflect individual client needs
  • Resources in the latest research and trends in early childhood development
  • And of course…. we have fun doing it!

Mission

Inspired Minds strives to inspire, support and provide early childhood professionals with a Playful approach to professional development needed to promote and sustain high quality care and build awareness of early learning and care practices in the Early Learning community.
Inspired Minds achieves this through:

  • Professional development workshops (on-line & in-person)
  • Innovative, practical, research based, fun and active learning experiences
  • Inspirational Conferences
  • Networking & Social Events
  • Coaching and Mentorship
  • Team building & leadership training
  • Leadership mentorship & coaching
  • Reflective practices
  • Curriculum support
  • Customized services and packages to reflect individual client needs
  • Resources in the latest research and trends in early childhood development
  • And of course…. we have fun doing it!

Guiding Principles

Inspired Minds delivers professional and credible services to the Early Learning community, and is committed to providing:

  • Flexible, responsive and collaborative services
  • Engaging, fun, inspiring, motivating and educational adult learning experiences
  • Development of professional relationships built on trust, respect, honesty and equality
  • Coaching practices based on individual strengths and needs

Guiding Values

Our values are at the core of everything we do and aim to accomplish. We encourage and support every early childhood educator to identify their own professional values to drive their own practices. 

PLAY

CONNECT

INSPIRE

Tina

Tina’s Story

Owner; Workshop Facilitator; ECE Coach; & Playarista

Hola everyone! I’m Tina Geers, owner of Inspired Minds ECC Consulting Inc. More importantly, as I don’t refer to myself as an owner; I’m a Protector of Play, an Accidental Educator and an Advocate for Early Childhood Educators! Yes…with capitals! We are Professionals! If you like a more traditional title, I’m an early childhood coach and consultant with over 17 years of classroom experience, coaching and leadership training.  I have a background in Early Learning and Child Care and I have taught around the globe, teaching in Asia, Europe and Canada. I wear lots of different hats; frontline educator (that’s right…most of my career has been down on the floor working with the wee ones), coach, consultant, mentor, advocate for play, singer (poorly but I still do it!) and outdoor play enthusiast!

I’m pretty outgoing and have a dynamic approach to supporting others and presenting topics that will keep you engaged and inspired.  My goal is to walk along side you on your journey as an early childhood educator, by offering you continuous learning opportunities, resources, inspiration and a community of inspiration (also referred to as a professional learning community) of dedicated early childhood educators who want to make a difference in their community!

My continuous learning sessions bridge the gap between theory and practical application; offering hands-on activities and resources with a side link of brain research (my geeky side) all into one comprehensive and easy to follow session.  I honestly believe that play is the foundation to early childhood experiences and to help provide positive play opportunities for children we must start with learning how to have fun ourselves when we learn! The smiles and laughter begins with you. 

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Ashley and Chris | Mini Session

Welcome Ashley!

Workshop Facilitator & Communications & Social Media Coordinator
 
Hello Everyone! My name is Ashley Rebus and I am so excited to have joined the Inspired Minds ECC team taking on the roles of Communication and Social Media Coordinator, and Workshop Facilitator!
 
I have been an educator since 2015 after completing the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Program. The program was an incredible turning point in my career. I have always loved working and exploring alongside children but this program introduced me to many amazing theorists and philosophies that have made me who I am as an Educator. I gained a sense of deeper understanding, and powerful insight to what Early Learning can and should be – what every child has the right too and deserves, and what I could offer.
 
Working in the field of early learning, as an educator and alongside educators is one of my greatest passions. So much of a child’s development happens before age 5. Being able to support educators, centres, children and families during this time is a position I am grateful for every day. When you see connections being made, moments of development being tested, theories being created, and children finding their confidence while discovering who they are – it is pure, authentic magic.
 
When I am not enjoying this work, I have the wonderful pleasure of doing life alongside my extended family, my husband and our goofy and fun-loving little dude – our son, Bentley. As a family we love games nights, camping and being in the mountains. As well as relaxing and enjoying a quiet movie night at home – just being together!
 

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