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History of Educators Travel and Meet the Staff

History of Educators Travel and Meet the Staff

Educators Travel Network is a membership based travel network for friendly, congenial people who work or retired from the field of education.

Our History

Educators Travel Network (ETN) was founded in 1986 by Hazel and Norm Smith, two retired teachers who were inspired to create a membership only travel club that was both affordable and rewarding.

The idea for “Educators Travel Network” originated from the way Norm and Hazel actually traveled. They were part of a group of educators who would travel somewhere every year to play tennis.  One year, sixteen members of the group went to Oxford, England.  A local professor allowed three couples to stay in his home while he was on vacation, and Norm and Hazel got to experience life as a “local.” They enjoyed becoming acquainted with the corner grocer and dining at the neighborhood restaurants.  This experience was the foundation on which ETN was built.  They had such a wonderful time – staying inexpensively in the home of a fellow educator and getting to have experiences that most tourists don’t. They decided to try to make it possible for other educators to do the same in cities worldwide.  It has turned out to be an idea that our members think is fantastic!

Our Staff

Annie - Manager

Annie has lived and worked in Eugene, Oregon for 13 years. She is originally a Georgia Peach from Rome, Georgia but attended high school and college in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and most of all travel planning. She has traveled with ETN many times and loves to meet our members.

Vicki - Member Travel Specialist

Vicki is retired from the architectural field. She loves to design and configure spaces. She rides horses into the mountains, rafts white waters and hikes the mountains here in Oregon. She wants to begin to travel, so she may be contacting you with a hosting request in the future. Vicki recently returned from a Loreto, Mexico, where she went on a paddling expedition.


Naomi - Member Travel Specialist

Naomi has lived in Oregon most of her life, but has plans to travel. She is the mother of two daughters and one son. Naomi is currently going t college to earn her Associates Degree in Business Administration. In her free time she enjoys watching football with her boyfriend, playing at the beach and spending time with her family. she also enjoys reading a good book.



Linda Anderson - Senior Travel Specialist/Trainer

Linda is a native of New Jersey, but has lived in Eugene for over 35 years. She has 2 daughters and 1 son, the youngest having just left for college. In her spare time, Linda enjoys golf, skiing, boating, cooking and reading.


Frankie - Office Mascot

Frankie is a purebred Papillon. He lets the people in the office think they run the show but he knows he is the brains of the whole operation. Be sure to say "Hi" if you hear him bark, he loves attention.



Vacations Including Air

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