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This article presents a portrait of the ideal teacher as seen in research literature and from the point of view of pre-service teachers. The main research question examines what are the attitudes of pre-service teachers towards the picture of the ‘ideal teacher’. In the ideal teacher, it would seem that both the professional and the personal are intertwined. It is also clear that the usage of ICT tools in teaching is of significant benefit to teaching and learning. Teaching methods that draw upon IT serves to meet the needs of the student, at the same time as contributing to the professional development of the teacher. Here we examine the views of 70 pre-service teachers as to what constitutes the ideal teacher. Professional components are given pride of place, but, amongst the 10 chief components were found characteristics connected – albeit indirectly - with the teacher's attitude towards combining computer and internet tools in his work. The main conclusion is that in a technological world one characteristic of an ideal teacher is the openness towards instruction that integrates ICT tools and an e-learning environment in the teaching/learning process.