WINNSBORO — Eric Litchfield, a University of South Carolina student majoring in education, has received a Laura Muller Thomas Student Teacher Award from The Dorothy B. and Lee M. Thomas Endowment Fund.
This scholarship provides support for prospective teachers in or approaching the critical phase of teacher training known as student teacher.
Litchfield retired from the U.S. Army in 2007 after serving in positions ranging from company First Sergeant to Engineer Platoon Sergeant, and then looked to fulfill one of his childhood dreams of becoming a teacher.
He is in the student teacher phase and was recently placed at Fairfield Middle School for his full time internship placement.
“My inspiration to be a teacher mostly comes from my own life goal, but also from the great impact of teachers I had in life,” said Litchfield.
He also hopes to bring some of his real world knowledge of historical events and places to life in the classroom, like seeing the Berlin Wall come down, similar to how one of his favorite teachers from high school did for him.
His time in the Army has influenced his teaching style in many ways.
“The Army helps with teaching to different styles of learners such as visual, auditory or kinesthetic. My military experience also helps me to bring real world knowledge of historical events and places to life into the classroom. An example would be seeing the end of the Cold War by being there when the Berlin Wall came down,” said Litchfield.
These awards are given to students based on academic performance and financial need who are from or will be teaching in Fairfield County. The award name honors the donor’s mother, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the USC College of Education.