A banquet was held in the honor of teachers on Monday, May 7, 2018, which marked the event’s 14th year. The Celebrations of Teaching banquet was held at the Junction City, Kansas Courtyard by Marriott and was hosted by the Geary Community Schools Foundation. The event celebrates the art of teaching and helps to show appreciation for those in the profession during the National Teacher Appreciation Week held this year from May 6-12th.
Music for the event was provided by the Junction City High School Jazz Band directed by Jared Morris which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation. The slideshow was created by Dana Weigand with assistance from the USD 475 Marketing and Media Relations Department and showcased many of the programs that the GCSF supports throughout the year. Many of these events were covered as feature stories on connectED.
Other guests in attendance included Melissa Sharp – JCHS Head Principal, as well as Geary County Schools Board of Education Members and more.
Each year the event hosts a keynote speaker who is tied to the Geary County Schools educational system in some way. This year, that speaker was Roland Fabia, a 1973 graduate of Junction City High School who is now with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. The following information was supplied to connectED from the Geary Community Schools Foundation;
Special guest Roland Fabia has had a long-standing successful career in Intelligence that spans over 40 years. He began his career in the Navy as Photographic Intelligence Specialist and continued to serve our country in the Civil Service, attaining the rank of Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. Roland attended St. Xavier’s Elementary School and Junction City Junior High School. He is a 1973 graduate of Junction City High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and holds a Master’s degree in National Security Studies from the National War College.
Roland spent the majority of his career with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. He served in a variety of positions as an analyst and manager, covering foreign military capabilities, counterterrorism, and counterproliferation. He provided support to our most senior policymakers. Roland was the President’s Daily Briefer for the Vice President. During his career, he helped with the Intelligence planning for the first Gulf War, and he served in Iraq during the second Gulf War. Roland is the recipient of the DIA Award for Excellence, the DIA Award for Meritorious Service, and was three times awarded the DIA Director’s Award.
As done in past years, several giveaways took place at the end of the night which included cash giveaways sponsored by Major Saver as well as a Kansas State University College of Education Scholarship.
Dr. Beth Hudson, USD 475 Associate Superintendent of Schools, closed the evening with his thanks to the teachers in Geary County Schools.