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  • Three Life Lessons from a Traveling Teacher

    By Nick on Friday, February 20, 2015

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    ​At Dansko, we strive to support hard-working teachers who spend all day on their feet—regardless of the continent, country or state they happen to visit. So when we connected with Lillie Marshall, a Boston public school teacher, loyal Dansko fan and adventurous world traveler, we decided to share her story (or, at the very least, one piece of her story!).

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      From the stone-covered temples of Cambodia to the gentle blue waters of Belize, Lille has covered a lot of ground. The curious school teacher, who once used a nine-month sabbatical to travel the world, believes in the influence of teacher-travelers and traveler-teachers; she takes pride in sharing diverse stories from people who love teaching (and traveling).

      Naturally, Lillie publishes these stories online, via her two blogs: Teaching Traveling and Around the World “L”. This winter, she shared the details of her visit to the White House, where she participated in a remarkable, 48-hour Travel Blogger Summit. Trip to the Oval Office? Check. Photo in the Executive Office Building? Absolutely. Feel-good travels while wearing our Bess Mary Jane? Of course! Not only did Lillie promote the summit’s #StudyAbroadBecause initiative, she did so in comfort and style.
       
      So, how does this curious explorer of a teacher positively influence the lives of her students, and the lives of her readers? We’ll let her tell you.
       
      Three Life Lessons from Traveling-Teacher Lillie Marshall    
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      Lesson 1: Travel teaches brilliantly, is a wise economic investment in one’s career and development, and should be made possible for people of all backgrounds and economic levels.

       
      In 2009, I took a leave of absence from my teaching job to travel alone around the world for a year using money I’d saved from frugal living and working long hours. My year of travel was one of the best things I have ever done, and completely changed my life. As a result, I now have a new job I love, have developed skills I never would have, and even met my husband! I am committed to helping as many people as possible from a wide variety of backgrounds experience the transformative power of travel. In 2012, I took 42 Boston Public Schools students on a trip to China, and their reflections afterwards were amazing!

       

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      Lesson 2: Teaching is a wonderful career.

      I’ve now been teaching for eleven years, and it is an awesome job! No other career offers such creativity, fun, exciting challenges, and potential to make a real difference. Further, teaching is the ideal career for travelers, as teaching schedules allow for vacation-time world exploration, and teacher travel grants abound.
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      Lesson 3: Writing is transformative, bringing greater happiness, connections and opportunities. Share your story, and help others share theirs!

      The New York Times recently published an article stating scientific evidence that writing boosts happiness. I have experienced this profoundly, having published over 600 articles on AroundtheWorldL.com and over 230 on TeachingTraveling.com, not to menton the dozens of articles in other publications. If you don’t write already, consider starting, even if it’s just a long post on Facebook! Writing helps us make sense of our world, connects us more deeply with others, and often opens opportunities that we never otherwise would be offered. If I hadn’t started a travel blog back in 2009 and poured my passion into it for years, I wouldn’t have been invited to the White House for the Travel Blogger Summit on Global Education!
       
      To learn more about Lillie and her passion for exploring, visit her two blogs: Teaching Traveling and Around the World “L”.
       
      [Photo Credits: Lillie Marshall]

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