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!