Eric Thornton PicEric Thornton began in the role of Child and Family Advocate at SCAN’s Circle Preschool Program in January 2021. Through this role he spends part of his time in the classroom with children and also plays a critical role in helping children by supporting families of children enrolled in SCAN’s therapeutic Circle Preschool Program. We are thankful to have Eric as part of the Circle Preschool Program and SCAN team.

How did you first get involved with SCAN?

I first became involved with SCAN through my work with Richmond Public Schools as a Bullying Prevention Specialist. Further in my career, I transitioned into a Therapeutic Foster Care Consultant, in which I had a child that was utilizing therapy services with SCAN. From that point, I was able to see a more in-depth look at the work that SCAN provides, and how invested they were in their children and families. I have always admired how the organization fostered their relationships.

What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?

I have always worked with at-risk youth of all ages. SCAN offered the best opportunity to grow as a professional, as well as assisting me in reaching my career goals of being a licensed therapist.

What inspires you to stay involved with SCAN?

I love the community outreach and how SCAN strives for equity and inclusion amongst all. The environment is very welcoming and warm.

Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?

I wish people knew about the individual experiences of the staff at SCAN. There is an abundance of knowledge and experience from the staff.

What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?

My best experience has been the transparency and communication on all levels of the organization, as well as opportunities for advancement and involvement.

What are any challenges you have faced in your work with SCAN?

There’s never a dull day at Circle Preschool. For some, it may be challenging with the various behaviors, but there’s a new learning experience every day!

Do you have any goals or hopes for the next year?

I would hope to sit for my LCSW exam next year, which is one my career goals. I also look to learn more about the development and strategies behind running a community based program.

Are you involved with any other community organizations, hobbies, or activities?

I am family-oriented. I love being with family and participating in many activities. I also like feeding the homeless, participating in the community, and social organizing when I am able to. I am also a part of the Equity and Inclusion Committee with SCAN.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

I am a Richmond native and former college athlete. I love weight lifting, video games, car audio systems, and playing chess.


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