Archive for March 20, 2017

6th graders & their tiny tomato buddies!


These 6th graders are a pure inspiration. In my quest to pull kids away from screens of all kinds & experience some serious nature, we got down and dirty w/ some  tomato transplanting. They planted the seeds originally and are seeing them through the next phase.


They have such green thumbs and a tender touch w/ these tiny transplants. I’m looking forward to this Spring when we can see, eat, and experience all this hard work in the garden. For now we focus on the process of gardening, getting our hands in the soil, and coming to a place where we all belong- The Orca Garden.


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Marletta’s birthday. My hero!


Last week was the birthday of my hero- the matriarch of Orca, the high priestess of  Orcan traditions- Marletta. Your favorite kindergarten teacher’s favorite kindergarten teacher. She has been a part of Orca for over 40 years since it’s start as a small alternative school in Fremont and then it’s eventual journey down south here.


There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t visit Marletta in her classroom when I am at school. She is THE inspiration for everything we stand for- progressive education, love & caring, individualized teaching, and pure awesomeness. Retire?? Never! I went and got her favorite cake (carrot) at Borracchinis on Rainier  and served it up w/ the 4th grade class I was teaching at the time. Then the band came in and serenaded her. It was a worthy celebration of someone I have learned from and been inspired from over and over. Viva Marletta!


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