Message from the President

LORI PICIt is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Lori Watson. Lori had been part of our family at Educational Tours for more than 14 years. After a long battle with cancer she is now in a place with no pain, and for that we are all grateful.

Lori was a dedicated employee and a thoughtful and kind person. She worked so very hard to meet the needs of her teacher clients and we have been overwhelmed with the beautiful messages that many of her clients have sent our way.

As a company we were very aware that Lori’s health was going to dictate an early retirement and we had already formulated plans for that reality. Lisa Bower, who has been with Educational Tours for two decades, will now be working with Lori’s clients to plan and implement their tours. For many years Carol Muscatella has assisted Lisa with our DC trips and now Carol will assume full time responsibilities for those tours. We feel very confident that all of our clients will continue to receive the very best service from our team at Educational Tours.

We can never replace the person that Lori Watson was. God has her now and our family at Educational Tours must move forward. Please pray for us.

May Lori Rest In Peace

Manatees Everywhere!

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by Ed Lattin

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying Horizon Academy on a tour of Crystal River and Homosassa. Kings Bay in Crystal River has become world famous for the amazing number of Manatees that winter here each year and we saw an astounding number of the gentle giants on our tour.

We were given an excellent orientation by one our boat Captains prior to departure and then were divided up into four groups and headed out on four pontoon tour boats, each with their own Captain. Information was shared about the local ecology of the area and we saw a lot of wildlife on our narrated boat tour. We learned much about Manatees and the importance that Kings Bay plays in there lives during the winter months. And did we ever see Manatees. Wow!MYEDTOURS-HORIZON-ACADEMY-CRYSTAL RIVER2MYEDTOURS-HORIZON-ACADEMY-CRYSTAL RIVER3MYEDTOURS-HORIZON-ACADEMY-CRYSTAL RIVER6

MYEDTOURS-HORIZON-ACADEMY-CRYSTAL RIVER8Homosassa Springs State Park was next on our agenda and what a great stop it was. We learned about ongoing efforts at the Park to rehabilitate injured manatees and participated in a wildlife show that featured an informative discussion on turtles and gophers. And this was a hands on demonstration!

Students also saw a real Florida Panther and all kinds of animals (gators, otters, eagles, wolfs and a huge variety of animals indigenous to Florida) at the park. They also got to walk down the famous Fish Bowl, which allowed students to see hundreds of fish close up in the main spring.wildlifepark25815341yuma-3MYEDTOURS-HORIZON-ACADEMY-CRYSTAL RIVER10MYEDTOURS-HORIZON-ACADEMY-CRYSTAL RIVER9

It was a great day to explore the natural wonders of our State!

Holiday Greetings!

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by Ed Lattin

We hope that all of you have a wonderful Holiday. Thank you for your business and friendship. At Educational Tours are business model is based on building relationships – both with our suppliers and our valued clients. With that in mind we wish all of you the very best during the Holidays and the New Year!

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Fall is a Great Time for Student Trips!

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by Ed Lattin

Traditionally, Student trips take place during the Spring months of the year. As the school year is coming to a close it seems like a natural time to take students on a trip and many of our clients do just that. A growing number of schools, however, have discovered that traveling with their students in the Fall has a number of advantages. Continue reading

Message from the President

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by Ed Lattin

I was a classroom teacher for ten years before forming Educational Tours in 1985.  Needless to say that was a long time ago.  Back in that era paddling a student for misbehaving was pretty common and most students would rather take the paddling than have their parents called. The teaching profession was held in higher regard. Standardized testing of students was only done to identify areas where students needed more help.  Imagine that! Continue reading

Tallahassee – What A Great Civics Lesson!

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by Ed Lattin

Civics is now taught in the seventh grade in almost all public schools throughout the state of Florida. Teachers striving to enhance the study of civics can find no better destination than our State Capital to reinforce classroom lessons.  What better way to discover how our three branches of government actually work that to see our state government in action.  Our Tallahassee Tours include our Florida Capitol Building (where the Senate and House meet in their respective chambers.  The office of the Governor is also located in the Capitol Building).  Just across the street is the Florida Supreme Court Building which also offers great educational programs for students. Continue reading

Thanks for a Great Tour Season

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by Ed Lattin

As our touring season draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank the many schools and groups that have used our services to plan their respective trips.  There are many choices out there when it comes to student travel. The first and perhaps the most important decision our teacher sponsors make is if they want to sponsor a student trip.  While we have educators who are brand new in taking on this responsibility, we also have a number of teachers who year after year continue to sponsor student travel for their kids.  Whether a first year teach or a veteran educator, our sponsors have one thing in common: They strongly believe that travel educates and elevates the level of thinking in their students.

Another critical choice educators make after they have reached the decision to sponsor a student trip, is whether or not to use a professional company to plan their trip.  And if they decide to use a company, then they must decide which one to choose.  We are pleased and honored that so many of you have chosen to use our services.  We believe that our firm commitment to personal service has led to our growth over the years.  While we market our tours a bit differently than when the company was founded almost 30 years ago, we still believe that in the end nothing tops word of mouth advertising.  Educators endorsing our company to each other is a wonderful compliment and one that we do not take likely.  Thank you so very much for recommending us to your fellow professionals.  

It has been our pleasure to serve as your tour planner.  We hope you have a great summer.

Ed Lattin
President

In Praise of Educators

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The President’s Corner
by Ed Lattin

To all teachers I want to say thank you for your dedication and service to young people.  I can look at my own son Brian and daughter-in-law Roselle, both of whom teach and coach at the high school level for inspiration.  They wake up at 5:00 am, get to work before 7 and on game days rarely return home until 10:00 pm.  During the busy winter months when both of them are coaching varsity sports and maintaining a full teaching schedule they rarely have time for each other much less any kind of social life.  Yet they do what they do because they love kids.  The vast majority of teachers act and feel the same way.   Continue reading

An Early Lesson Learned

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The President’s Corner
by Ed Lattin

When I founded Educational Tours in 1985 I wanted to create a company that would really cater to the needs of Educators.  As a former classroom teacher who spent a decade teaching middle school kids I believed that my background in education would help me create that kind of teacher friendly environment.  And for the most part that is exactly what happened.  While I did not have much of a business background, I did have first hand knowledge of what teachers want in a school trip – or so I thought.   What I really had knowledge of was how Ed Lattin liked to plan trips for students.  While that was not a bad thing, I quickly learned that the key to my Company’s success was learning how to listen to what my teacher clients really wanted in their tour.  Our company has grown and prospered over the last twenty seven years for a number of reasons.  I believe the most important factor in that growth is our continued focus on our clients.
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