Besides teaching, Mrs. McDonald’s first love is the Lord. Jesus Christ is truly the head of her life. Family is her second love. Her husband Chris of 26 years and their five children (Cedric, Caleb, Cornelius, Danielle, and Danah), dog-Samson and bunny-Thor. Roll Tide!!! 🙂
After praying for GOD to open a door for an opportunity to reach millennial high school students, through education, and an unfiltered introduction to the SPIRIT of JESUS, he was confronted with the opportunity to teach the discipline of science at Banks Academy High School. There is a story alluding to a MAN leaving the comfort of ninety-nine sheep to journey and fight for the fate and future of one missing lamb…here at Banks Academy we believe that all of those “one’s” are worth the journey.
PE, Health, Boys Basketball Coach
Coach Cornelius is entering his 3rd year teaching and coaching and captured the school’s first state championship for the 2017-18 season in boys basketball with a record of 25-4. Chase is married to Kindall (Cornelius) who is also a teacher and a coach at Helena HighSchool. They have been married for two years and reside in Homewood.
English & Music
Mrs. Carter is a worship leader for her band Wonder Worship based in Birmingham, AL. She also sings, plays guitar, piano, and ukulele.
Her favorite music genres are Soul, Funk, and Jazz.
And her favorite passage of scripture is Hebrews 12:1-2.
History, Asst. Football Coach, Head JV Basketball Coach
Mr. Davenport is a graduate of Auburn University. He has taught and coach at another High School in Jefferson County and also has his CDL as a certified Bus driver. Cameron is a married and has a great passion to help the students at Banks Academy.
Art & Photography
I have so many ideas I want to share, especially an exposure to and appreciation, maybe even love, for beautiful and well-executed art. My own artistic outlet right now is photography and I also hope to impart some photographic skills, namely seeing what is beautiful and interesting all around. I attended high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and beyond that I am self taught in photography and everything else I have tried outside of painting. I show regularly at Art Crawl at the Pizitz building downtown and have work in a gallery as well.
B.A. in Intellectual History from Samford University
M.Div. in Christian Ministry from SEBTS
Nathan joined the Banks Academy team in 2019, and his desire is for every student to know Jesus as all-powerful, all-sufficient, and all-satisfying. In addition to teaching at Banks, Nathan serves Birmingham Chinese Christian Church as Youth Director
Student Adviser, Career Prep teacher, Head Football Coach, Head Track Coach
Riley White is the Grandson of the legendary Banks High School Football Coach George Shorty White. Riley has been teaching and coaching since 2013.He is a graduate of Liberty University where he received his BS in Business Administration. He then went on the receive his Masters in Education at the University of Montevallo. Riley is married to Marianne Wheeler White who is also an outstanding track High Jumper Coach.