Be connected.

Right now, it probably seems crazy - teachers living on campus! But we actually like seeing our teachers (and their families) outside the classroom because we can get to know them for the interesting, funny, talented people they are. And knowing that your teacher is also a sailboat captain, an organic farmer or mom to the cutest toddler ever somehow makes for a better experience in the classroom.

Having your teachers as neighbors has other benefits. Every day after classes end, our teachers are free for a "teacher available"(TA) session where we can get extra help on homework, ask questions about the day's lesson or prepare for upcoming tests or projects.