Mr. Brown: A teacher and friend of Tom. He's a little bold at times, fairly rational. Sometimes he catches the reader off-guard.
Mrs. Jackson: She's been teaching for awhile and isn't easily caught up in the newest trends. A little scared of technology, a little bold in her pronouncements, but a woman who knows how to teach.
Paul the Pre-Industrial Poet: Mentor of Tom, best friend. A skeptic, a poet, a thinker.
Principal: A new principal who is open to technology, but also wants to keep the district happy.
Tom Johnson: The main character. He's a guy searching for authentic learning and pencils are part of the equation.