After a stint as an English teach in the public school system, Albert Spinestein the hedgehog became increasingly frustrated with the inequality of education.
“He saw a lot of kids falling through the cracks,” says Henry Diamond, the superintendent in the district where Spinestein taught for three years. “Every kid should get the same quality of education, but unfortunately, that’s just not the case.”
So Spinestein struck out on his own, and with some family money and donations from the community, opened Hedge County Day School.
“We focus on small class sizes and conscientious enrichment,” says Elena Brogen, a teacher who has taken on two classrooms at the new school, which serves grades one through eight. “We have the time to work one on one with young hedgehogs who need special attention. Just because you’re struggling in school doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a shot at a great education.”