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Emilia (Emie) Bankston

Emilia (Emie) Bankston (MS '06)

History Teacher

Pass Christian Middle School
Pass Christian, MS

Grade(s): 7, 8

At the time of the Award, Emilia (Emie) Bankston was:

West Elementary School
Gulfport, MS

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 3

Biographical Information

For the past four years, teacher Emilia Bankston's third graders at West Elementary School in Gulfport have achieved the highest scores on the state assessment of any student at the school. Even in the year of Hurricane Katrina, Mrs. Bankston's students exceeded expectations more than any other elementary class in the district, with 87 percent scoring "advanced" in reading and math and 93 percent scoring "advanced" in language. One of three teachers honored nationally for being the first in the nation to achieve Master Teacher status in Accelerated Math, Mrs. Bankston helps students reach their Accelerated Reader and Math goals every nine weeks, without fail. She differentiates instruction to help close the achievement gap, provides a free tutoring service, and involves parents through home visits and personal phone calls. Chair of her grade level, she mentors novice teachers and supervises student teachers. Originally from Taiwan, Mrs. Bankston credits American teachers with helping her to succeed. Now that she's one of them, she is amply returning the favor. (Written at the time of awards received)

Personal Message

As an educator of 17 years, I pride myself in upholding my dedication to educate all children and have continued to launch high standards in the academics and personal growths of the students and other stakeholders. I have risen to the challenges in our diverse school population in motivating and inspiring all learners to achieve excellence in various facets of their lives. As a professional, I am committed to grow and to pursue life-long learning (i.e., higher education, peer collaboration, leadership / committee activities, staff development & workshops, research literature, self-reflections...) so that I will continue to strengthen and improve as an instructional leader in the field. I believe that my greatest attribute is not permitting students, teachers, and parents to say no to failures, not to give up, and to celebrate all successes, no matter big or small. My goal as a leader is to cultivate positive changes, growing and learning with stakeholders, faced stumbles together in the roadblocks to higher achievements. I strongly believe in partnership between school and home. By establishing trusting relationship and commitment from all parties, everyone becomes the success story. The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effect. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is making winners out of ordinary people. ~ K. Patricia Cross

Additional Information


Specialist Degree in Educational Administration, Ed. S. received May 2014

Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Development, Response to Intervention/TST, Assessments and Alignments, ELL, Literacy, and Leadership