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Trembling Trees Directory
Mr. Worm = kindergarten teacher, founding father of school
Mrs. Blue jay = new kindergarten teacher (originally from NYC), mother of acorn #15*
Mrs. Peacock = kindergarten teacher, mother of acorn #21
Mrs. Squirrel = toddler group teacher
Mrs. Raccoon = kindergarten assistant, first grade assistant
Mrs. Rabbit = second, then 3rd grade teacher
Mrs. Bear = third, then 4th grade teacher
Mr. Turtle = fourth grade and eurhythmy teacher
Mrs. Turtle = eurhythmy teacher
Mrs. Raven = music teacher
Old Woman = visiting administrator from California
Mr. Skunk = school administrator
Mr. Wolf = the new first grade teacher, after I became the 2nd grade teacher
Mrs. Mouse = Mr. Gardner’s assistant, my replacement
Joanna = second year mentor
Amy = first year mentor
The students are referred to as acorns* and are numbered in no particular order.
Acorn #1 was my enigma, #2 the brain, #3 my shadow, #4 miss perfect, #5 the rock star, #6 the Zen master, #7 the artist, #8 the athlete, #9 mr. wacky, #10 the leader, #11 the comedian, #12 the all-around, and #13 the geek.
*the term acorn comes from James Hillman’s The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling.