Jason Banks, a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Fort Riley Middle School, was one of six Shining Stars for the month of April 2017. Geary County Schools USD 475 awards the Shining Star several times a year to individuals who exceed expectations in the areas of service to the district, professional achievement, community service, and impact on the perception of the district.
Mr. Banks is a part of the AVID Fort Riley Middle School building committee. As a part of the AVID team, he helps to present AVID reading and writing strategies during staff development. He also plans ways for FRMS to expand AVID’s influence building wide. Jason spends time after school and on weekends designing literature lessons with his grade-level colleagues. He has embraced the common core and advanced students from basic reading and comprehension to in depth research and searching for the meaning. In addition, Jason often volunteers to help students with organizational skills by using a quick check-in and check-out system.
As a senior leader, Jason has helped develop interventions and strategies for students who are struggling with their behavior and academics. He is willing to go the extra mile to make a difference with all of his students. In addition to this, Jason is a leader in his content area, striving to implement best instructional strategies with fidelity and never settling for less than best quality.
Mr. Banks has worked the past three summers in the Junction City, Fort Riley, and Manhattan communities with the “First Tee” program where life skills are taught being centered around golf. Jason has found this a very rewarding experience.
Jason demonstrates he is a Shining Star by his positive daily interactions with students in the halls by being pro-active to guide students in the right direction. His reflective nature and desire to continually improve his own practice further demonstrate his commitment to the students of Fort Riley Middle School and USD 475, and that truly make him shine. – Rolinda Smith