In spiritual life, for my money, students who see teachers as teachers are perhaps more forgivable than teachers who see students as students.
Roughly speaking, students are stupid and teachers are smart.
A stupid person is wont to look up. But how smart could a smart person be if the best s/he could do was to look down?
A little at a time, I think it is best to acknowledge in action the fact that there are no teachers or students.
There is just this teaching. Nothing sexy or holy.
Just this teaching, simple as salt.