I've been giving a lot of thought to an analogy that helps to shed light on my teaching philosophy, and I have landed on the following:
Teachers are like pollinators.
We are hard workers.
We deliver information and instruction to our students, and provide them with
opportunities that help them to grow and flourish.
We cross-pollinate by connecting, sharing and collaborating
with colleagues with different areas of expertise.
What's your metaphor for teaching?