- "Let's start by refocusing our Chi"
- ―Miss Grotke in "Omega Kids"
Miss Alordayne Grotke is the teacher of the fourth-graders at Third Street School.
She is 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.
She was absent from school for a few days in "The Substitute". During that time 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.
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. Near the end, Finster suggests a match between her boxing and Grotke's martial arts, though Miss Grotke's reluctant to accept, claiming that she's really only supposed to use her martial arts in self-defense.
She believes that T.J. and the gang are high spirited children who are not rotten.
- In "The Coolest Heat Wave Ever", she tells the students about how the Earth's ozone affected them
- In "Operation Stuart", she mentions how the ozone molecules are being destroyed by evil industrialists and corporate polluters.
Gender and race opinions
- In "This Brain for Hire", she mentions enjoying Gretchen's thoughts on "how the white men of the declaration of independence helped shape their gender biased society."
- In "Buried Treasure", where she says to "take the new textbook with a grain of salt since they focus on white Western males."
- In "The Great Can Drive", she mentions how "the noble Native Americans shared their bountiful foodstuffs with the undeserving European savages.”
- In "The Beauty Contest", she describes Amelia Earheart as "an outspoken model of rugged feminism".
She has tan skin, a skinny figure with hairy legs, and thick curly black hair which stretches to the sides. She wears a long pale green robe-like dress with sandals, a blue bead necklace, triangle blue earrings, and yellow circular framed glasses.
- 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 early episodes, her name is pronounced "Groh-t-kee", and in later episodes, she is called "Grow-t-kee".
- In "Mama's Girl", Miss Grotke mentions that she and Spinelli are Libras; it is safe to assume that her birthday is between September 23rd and October 22nd.
Characters: T.J. Detweiler | Vince LaSalle | Ashley Spinelli | Mikey Blumberg | Gretchen Grundler | Gus Griswald | Captain Bradley | Cornchip Girl | The Diggers | Hustler Kid | Erwin Lawson | Miss Grotke | Muriel Finster | Becky Detweiler | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Menlo | Brock | Peter Prickly | Bald Guy | Butch | Ashley Armbruster | Ashley Boulet | Ashley Quinlan | Ashley Tomassian | Fenwick | Brandon the Singer | Gelman | King Bob | Chucko | Jocko | Randall Weems | King Freddy II | Chewy | Spencer | Swinger Girl | Upside-Down Girl | Gordy | Hector | Miss Lemon | Lunchlady Irma | Tubby | Jordan & Jerome | Flo Spinelli | Bob Spinelli | Guru Kid