There is an overwhelming feeling when students enter Terri Avery’s class at Sprucewood that they are loved and cared for. As some of the school’s youngest students, Avery’s first-graders could be loud, disorganized and overwhelmed by the excitement of school — but they aren’t. Instead, Avery loves her students and they love her. She keeps her classroom on task with a calm voice, perfects lesson plans, and arranges activities and rewards so her students can be successful. For all of these reasons, and so much more, Terri Avery is Sprucewood’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.