• By MCSD Department of Communications
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eric Crouch Named 2017 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

FORT SCOTT, KSJune 1, 2017 – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to 5th Grade Teacher, Eric Crouch, of Double Churches Elementary School in Columbus, Georgia. Eric Crouch will arrive in Fort Scott on June 18 for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

Eric Crouch began his teaching career as a first grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary School in Columbus, Georgia. During his five years in first grade, Eric had an extremely positive effect on the progress of his high-need, mostly military-family students, with 100% of them meeting or exceeding goals in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. His innovative ways of encouraging students to meet their educational goals and the celebrations of their accomplishments resulted in his first graders reading more than 35 million words and checking our nearly 50,000 books. Eric’s success continued in 2016 when he became a 5th grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary and creatively found ways to prepare his students to meet the rigor of state standards, helping 12 of his 13 below-tier students to reach those standards.

In November of 2016, in recognition of his many achievements, Eric was given the honor of receiving the 2016 Milken Educator Award. Along with his outstanding work in the classroom, Eric has been a strong advocate for technology in the classroom, using it both for learning and to build bridges with families. In an effort to provide adequate technology for his students, he funded more than 50 projects through Donors Choose.org and received donations from Target, News Corp, and ESPN, enabling his classrooms to have photographic equipment, standing desks, iPads, and a 3-D printer. Eric has led workshops for teachers in the Muscogee County School District, has taught "Technology in the Classroom" as a guest instructor at Columbus State University, is a member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Teacher Advisory Committee, and is a member of Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ Teacher Advisory Panel.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Eric is full of enthusiasm, energy and dedication. He fits the mold of a Lowell Milken Center Fellow. He is one of the finest young teachers in America.”

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

2017 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

Name: Eric Crouch

School: Double Churches Elementary

Subject: 5th Grade

1213 Double Churches Elementary

Columbus, GA 31904

School Phone: 706-748-2660


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