"Let's start by refocusing our Chi"
Miss Grotke in Omega Kids

Miss Grotke, Mr. Prickly, and Ms. Finster in School's Out

Miss Alordayne Grotke is the teacher of the fourth graders at Third Street School.


She has tan skin and a skinny figure. She wears a blue bead necklace, triangle blue earrings, and yellow circular framed glasses. She has Afro hair which stretches to the sides and wears a green dress and sandals. She has hairy legs.


Warm and kind but somewhat eccentric (being a hippie and loving yoga and preserving the earth). She is adored by her pupils because she is possibly the only teacher who stands up for the students. She performs magic tricks at clubs as a hobby. Miss Grotke loves to meditate and she has an overbite like Gretchen. In "The Substitute", When she was absent from school for a few days, everyone except T.J. forgot her until T.J. presented his independent study project, a "get well" card, saying how she had helped them, from healing their roots to helping them with times tables. Her hippie outlook is reflected in her appearance with her long robe-like dress. In Recess: School's Out it is shown that she is secretly trained in some form of martial arts, which impresses Muriel Finster, who develops a newfound respect for her. Finster even suggested a match between her boxing and Grotke's martial arts. Though the latter says her skills are only meant for self-defense. She believes that T.J. and the gang are high spirited children who are not rotten.

She is a feminist and believes in racial equality as shown in episodes like This Brain for Hire, where she mentions enjoying Gretchen's thoughts on "how the white men of the declaration of independence helped shape their gender biased society" and again in Buried Treasure, where she says to "take the new textbook with a grain of salt since they focus on white Western males." On another occasion, she mentions how "the noble Native Americans shared their bountiful food with the undeserving settlers" in The Great Can Drive, and she describes Amelia Earhart as a sign of rugged feminism in "The Beauty Contest". She is also an environmentalist, telling the students about how the Earth's ozone affected them in "The Coolest Heat Wave Ever" and in "Operation Stuart" mentions how the ozone molecules are being destroyed by evil industrialists and corporate polluters.


  • In Operation Field Trip, the code name that Miss Grotke uses to communicate with the dispatcher is "Earth Mama".
  • It is clear that, early on in the series, the actors were not told how to correctly pronounce her name, as in the earliest episodes her name is pronounced "Groh-t-kee" and in later episodes, she is called "Grow-t-kee".