We are all teachers to each other.
Unfortunately, some who teach, or call themselves teachers have forgotten why they are here, the nature of their calling, and the responsibility of their position.
Be wary of anyone who puts themselves above all other teachers. They do not listen, and will not listen to you.
Be wary of anyone who assures you that theirs is the only way, who tells you they are the coolest, the smartest, the best. They will do anything to get their way.
Be wary of anyone who makes fun of others inside or outside the classroom. They do not respect themselves.
Be wary of anyone who seeks to separate you from the community, to make their own privileged inside circle of admirers. They do not love themselves and cannot love anyone else.
Be wary of anyone who attempts to lure you with praise, promises of perks and thrills. Everything has a cost.
Your experiences are your teachers. And even our most misguided teachers can ironically be the most important teachers.
Most of all, pay attention to that wise teacher who is within you, within all of us. That wise one will always lead you in the right direction, and that direction is always towards some form of compassion.