Ms. Alice Kinnian is a teacher at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults, which is the place where Charlie studies. She is also Charlie Gordon's teacher and, eventually, she will become in Charlie's first and only love interest. Alice is particularly interested in Charlie because he is her best student. He is also her favorite because of the fact that he is one of the few students who demonstrated a genuine hunger for learning.
Alice is the prime nurturer in Charlie's life. She is the one who suggested Charlie as the participant for Professor Nemur's and Dr. Strauss's experiment. She is also a constant companion of Charlie's during the experiment and treated him respectfully. Even after Charlie's IQ drops for good it is Alice who is there to comfort and protect him.