Mendenhall Award

Teacher of the Year Embraces French and Guard

From humble beginnings in a small town in Indiana, Brayton Mendenhall has achieved at every level of his performing and teaching career. Being named 2021 Ben Davis HS (IN) Teacher of the Year and a finalist for 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year has given him validation that he is doing the right work. Mendenhall has been teaching French for 10 years, nine of which have been at Ben Davis. Quebec Parliament with Ben Davis HS (IN) students in 2016 Mendenhall...

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2020: Is it Okay to Travel Again

In a world full of Covid-19 and still many unknowns about the virus and its long-term effects, Senior Travel Designer at Educational Destinations, Greg Moore tackles this difficult question in 2020: Is it Okay to Travel Again. The lingering question in the student travel industry for the past four months has been, “When will it be okay to travel again?” A recent six-day excursion to Southwest Florida helped to shed some light on the subject for me. While current traveler counts...

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Meet ED Tour Director Tom Young

Meet ED Tour Director Tom Young, who uses his die-hard commitment to excellence and experience to make sure a teacher’s trip is successful. Rest assured, if the unpredictable happens on your trip, your Educational Destinations Tour Director Tom Young is at your side from start to finish. Excellent ED Tour Directors like Tom tackle the unpredictable and put your trip back on the road. After 35 years of teaching and understanding what directors need on trips, Tom knows what it...

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Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Steven Box

Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Steven Box, a master of music education. A native of Northwestern Ohio (Liberty Center) and a graduate of Otsego High School, Steven Box received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 1980 from Bowling Green State University, where he studied under Mark Kelly, John Deal, and Ivan Hammond. He earned his Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Akron in 2002. Steve began his teaching career in the Rolling Hills Local School District (Meadowbrook Middle...

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Educational Destinations: Coronavirus Statement

Everyone at Educational Destinations has always believed that traveler safety is without fail the most important aspect of our procedures and process. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and are working with individuals and groups to make the best decision for the travelers on our tours. The situation surrounding the Coronavirus, officially titled COVID-19, continues to develop rapidly. Although there are no travel advisories or restrictions currently in the United States, we understand that organizations, schools, and municipalities may...

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Marty strutting his stuff on the trumpet Conducting.

Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Martin Becker

Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Martin Becker, a man for all seasons and one of our most accomplished Tour Directors! Wide-ranging travel experience, creative thinking, and a drive to go beyond the call of duty make Marty one of ED's very best Tour Directors.  Successful and talented in many areas, he is ready to cope with any contingency and a person whose behavior is always appropriate to every occasion. When problems arise on a trip, he has a knack for thinking outside the box...and...

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Nancy with two of her favorite Disney characters.

Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Nancy Reichmann

Educational Destinations' professional Tour Directors use their commitment and experience to ensure the Teacher’s and the group’s trip are successful. Rest assured, if the unpredictable happens, your Tour Director is there, ready to tackle the unpredictable and get your trip back on track. When it comes to tour directing, Nancy Reichmann has the personality and drive to make your trip awesome. Nancy Reichmann's smile, experience, quick thinking, instinct and her constant "going beyond the call of duty" work ethic...

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The Music Travel Team at the Rose Bowl. L to R Andrew Moran, Nancy Reichmann, Michael Gray, Chuck Kubly, Chris Forsythe and Vice Wielosinski.

Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Chuck Kubly

Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Chuck Kubly, who uses his commitments to excellence and experience to make sure a teacher’s trip is successful. Rest assured, if the unpredictable happens, your Educational Destinations Tour Director is at your side, ready to take on the unpredictable and get your trip back on the road. With over 40 years of experience teaching and understanding what teachers need on trips, Chuck Kubly is ready to tour direct your next adventure. This highly decorated man...

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Amber celebrating Mickey and Minnie’s 90th birthday at Magic Kingdom.

Meet Educational Destinations Tour Director Amber Russell

Rest assured, if the unpredictable happens, your Tour Director has the tools available to tackle the unpredictable and get the trip back on track. When it comes to tour directing, Amber Russell is the perfect blend of fun, professionalism, and knowledge. Amber Russell's personality, resourcefulness, attention to detail, fast thinking, and her work ethic make up the package of the ideal Educational Destinations Tour Director. Amber taking in the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (left), hanging with her...

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Choosing an educational group travel company

Choosing the right educational destination for your group

Whether you are planning your first trip as a teacher, or you are a veteran of many educational trips, choosing the perfect educational destination for your group can be a bigger challenge than you expect. Picking the right destination can help develop ever-lasting bonds and a positive group culture. Such trips will be life-changing for your students. Everyone involved wants to experience a trip they will look back on with fond memories. These quick tips will help you choose...

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