That is the kind of teacher that we at Earth Explore work hard the entire year to find. They're out there. As parents we know them instinctively. Our kids talk about them. Love their classes. Remember them fondly, as do we. Through experience we know that this kind of teacher will help students to blossom on their away from home learning experiences.
So if you know of someone like that, and most of us parents do, then do us both a favor and tell them about Earth Explore Adventures at http://www.earthexplore.com/. We provide rewarding opportunities for teachers to venture outside the classroom with their very own students, to share spectacular places and experiences with those kids, and learn and grow right alongside them.
One of my favorite things all year is to witness this in action. When I get the chance to join one of our groups, whether it be in Alaska, or Costa Rica, or Jackson, Wyoming...I see teachers and students interacting in ways not always seen in the classroom. Relaxed, excited about what's to come, and loving every minute of it. There is no pressure to learn, or to teach, or to have fun. It just happens.
Our teachers earn professional development credit on their trips. Important for their careers, and for the requirements of many school districts. But I'll bet they'd tell you that's not why they decided to do Earth Explore. No, it was more likely the chance to travel and learn, and to see their students reinvented belore their eyes, and in turn, be reinvented in their students' eyes.
Reinvented as someone who just loves learning. Period. And loves to mentor and encourage kids to learn as well.