Every year Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation employees have the opportunity to nominate a classified employee as Employee of the Year. This year the person we honor is being recognized posthumously. Nancy Banks was hired to work as a Teacher’s Aide at Horizon Elementary in January 1996, just a few months after the school had opened in the fall of 1995. Nancy faithfully worked at Horizon for 25 years before passing away unexpectedly on March 26, 2021. Horizon staff nominated Nancy for P-H-M’s 2021 Employee of the Year award before her death.
“Nancy Banks is woven into the fabric of Horizon's culture more than any other employee at Horizon,” said Horizon Principal Amy Fadorsen when she nominated Nancy for the award. “[She] is ingrained in more areas of the everyday functioning of Horizon than anyone else. Her role is, officially, a Teaching Assistant. She tutors, teaches small groups, substitutes for teachers, and excels [at everything] …” Nancy jumped in to do whatever was needed to help out, doing everything from troubleshooting technology to managing drop-off and pickup of 180 cars in the span of 10 minutes. Nancy also led the cafeteria team helping to provide lunches to more than 600 students. Principal Fadorsen noted on the nomination form “she has been instrumental in creating the most efficient way to ensure our students receive their lunches in a timely manner and with a smile on her face. The kids absolutely adore her.”
“P-H-M’s Employee of the Year Award seeks to recognize someone who has demonstrated and represents the qualities all employees admire,” P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker stated. “That classified employee then represents all of the outstanding employees in P-H-M. This was Nancy Banks; her Horizon co-workers admired her for patience, kindness, and dedication to the students and the Horizon school community. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her.”
Along with this award, Nancy will also be recognized for her 25 years with the district as part of this year’s P-H-M Employee Recognition video.
Nancy’s plaque will be sent to her husband Frank. It is something that her husband and two children, Matt and Beth, and their families will surely cherish along with Nancy’s memory.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Banks family and we thank them for sharing such a special woman with the P-H-M family for so many years.