The professional title of teacher has many connotations, and to be honest, in the past I’ve tended to avoid it. I prefer: educator, mentor, leader, instructor, coach, learning facilitator and any number of alternative terms. The problem with being a teacher is how negatively we’re viewed by society. That looking down the nose hurts.
The closest equivalent term to teacher is, in my mind, lecturer. They are both nouns derived from verbs, and the verbs are not constructivist. Although most of my alternate names are similarly derived, the verbs have a better tone. An educator has a broader scope; an instructor has specialized knowledge. Perhaps even more importantly a teacher teaches knowledge. A coach coaches people; a mentor guides people; a leader supports people. The terms refer to the youth, to the students, rather than the act of knowledge transmission.
So, am I partial to being a teacher? No. But I recognise that the term won’t change. Furthermore, I’m committed to garnering the respect that any leader of youth, any mentor, any (*shudder*) teacher deserves. So I’ll work hard under this title, and do what I can to change the connotations.