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Courtesy of Larry Shortell, Associated Press
This July 2006 photo provided by Larry Shortell shows Shortell on a yak next to a base camp of Mt. Everest in the mountains of the Tibet area of China. Shortell, from Enfield, Conn., and a teacher at Winsted’s Explorations Charter School, wrote a book about his globe-hopping experiences to every continent and more than 80 countries. He uses what he learned on his journeys to introduce his students to world lessons.

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut teacher's globe-hopping experiences to every continent and more than 80 countries are helping him introduce his students to world lessons.

Larry Shortell, a teacher at Winsted's Explorations Charter School, recently wrote a book about his journeys called, "Summers Off: The Worldwide Adventures of a Schoolteacher."

The 47-year-old Enfield resident says he scrimps all year to afford the trips, and thinks they make him a better teacher by helping him understand other learning styles and teach his students about other cultures.

Connecticut and national educators say teachers with that knowledge are increasingly valuable, especially as the world becomes more interconnected through technology and nations' economies.