We all know what it’s like to be embarrassed, especially when you’re heading to school as a first-grader and you don’t quite know the ropes. But Willow Canyon’s Alice Erickson makes a point of establishing a level of safety in her classroom that allows students to feel comfortable asking questions. They know nobody will be teased for not knowing an answer. The same thing applies to Erickson’s coworkers. Whenever fellow teachers have a question, they are met with a calm demeanor and patience that encourages everyone to seek her advice. Erickson teaches students to be kind and love learning, and for all of these reasons, she has been chosen as Willow Canyon’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.