Mrs. Bankes graduated from Highland View Academy then from Southern College ( Southern Adventist University) with a degree in Elementary Education.
She taught in Tennessee and Pennsylvania public schools before joining Chesapeake Conference. She has taught in one and two teacher schools and was Head Teacher. Her years in Chesapeake have been spent in Berkeley Springs, Crest Lane in Westminster, MD and now Rocky Knoll. In 2010 she was honored by being chosen as Columbia Union Elementary Educator of the year. She is married to her academy sweetheart and has two adult children.
In her time away from school she enjoys spending time with family, especially kayaking together. She also enjoys reading, stamp collecting and visiting historical sights.