Our 2016-17 Milken Educators

Photo 11 of 33 Georgia - Eric Crouch

Eric Crouch (GA '16) | Fifth-grade teacher, Double Churches Elementary School | Columbus, GA

Date of Award: November 30, 2016

Now in fifth grade after years of teaching first-graders, Eric Crouch has one rule for his students: Make Mr. Crouch proud of you. But he also encourages students to show their pride in each other. In his first-grade classroom, he rang a cowbell and shouted out students’ accomplishments. Now, students slam-dunk balls into a trash can when they meet their goals. When the can is filled, the class has a large celebration to mark reaching their collective goals. At his surprise notification, that pride, respect and love was clear. "I couldn't do this without these people right here," Eric said as he accepted his Award, gesturing to the students. "They're the reason why I'm here today."

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