In the end, I'm not sure I'm looking for a "new" kind of teacher, but I am looking for a different skill set. Just as we are expecting from our students, I am looking for a teacher who is willing to collaborate and create. One who can communicate and network. One who is willing to take risks and go outside his/her comfort zone. I want to hear about Twitter and Facebook, blogs and wikis, Google Docs and digital portfolios. I want to know that he/she is willing to try new things, and I certainly don't expect him/her to have all the answers or know every American author (that can be Googled if someone really wants to know). I also wonder if our universities have prepared these new teachers for my interview questions because I won't be asking them for their strengths and weaknesses or how much they know about Walt Whitman or Edgar Allan Poe. Yes, I still want to know about their ideas or experiences with classroom management and assessment. However, what I really want to know is how they plan to use technology to enhance learning, and how they will use their classroom to produce digitally articulate, creative, collaborative students who are prepared for THEIR future!
Finally, after all this reflection, I realize that I am definitely excited and encouraged about the challenge and the opportunity to find "that" teacher!!