|Kira Hudson Banks spearheaded the GO-GIRL mentoring program to foster math and science interest among adolescent girls in the Bloomington-Normal community. She has received the community's Athena Award and the Pantagraph's "20 Under 40" honor for her local leadership.|
|Your hometown?||Edwardsville, Ill.|
|Alma mater?||Mount Holyoke College, B.A.
University of Michigan, M.A., Ph.D.
Small liberal arts is where it’s at!
Love it. Oh, what I teach? Abnormal Psychology, Understanding Race, Psychology of Racism, Middle School Girls in Social Science.
I see myself as a partner in the learning process to help motivate and inspire students.
I often use the quote “You cannot get an education from a book or a college any more than you can get to New York by reading a road map.” So, I’m here to help students prepare for that trip, but I can’t make it for them!
|Biggest thrill?||SCUBA diving|
|The best?||Family fun (e.g., from traveling to walks on the trail to holiday gatherings).|
|Favorite book?||Whatever I happen to be reading at the moment (right now that is A New Earth).|
|Favorite band or artist?||Stevie Wonder|
|Favorite movie?||When Harry Met Sally|
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that's why we recommend it daily." — Zig Ziglar
"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality– tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one Directly affects all Indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.