My Gift. My Way.

Jeffrey Banks ’94Jeffrey Banks ’94

  • High school mathematics and special education teacher, Boston Public Schools
  • Deacon, First Church Somerville, UCC
  • Selected Most Loved Teacher by the Class of 2015 at his high school

“Wheaton changed my life. When I arrived on campus in August 1990, I was a scared and lost 19-year-old. But when I left in May 1994, I was a different person. The students, staff, professors, and the experiences I was able to have during my time at Wheaton all had a major impact on my life and who I was becoming. I am still close to many of the staff, classmates and members of other classes to this day. I was raised in a family where giving back was something both my parents did without question, and they raised my brothers and me to do the same. So soon after I graduated in 1994, I changed the beneficiaries of my life insurance policy and added Wheaton. And when I created a will, adding Wheaton to the list of beneficiaries was again an easy choice. Recently, when I updated my will after buying a home in Malden, Mass., I spent time reflecting on the nearly 25 years I have been connected to Wheaton and the profound impact it has had (and still has) on my life. This reflection included the fact that one of my own former high school students just started at Wheaton as a member of the Class of 2019, nearly 25 years after I started my Wheaton journey. I could not be more proud of my Wheaton connections. My amazing classmates, fellow alums and volunteers, the caring staff who always greet me as a member of the Wheaton family, have all impacted me in ways that words cannot describe. The education I received at Wheaton has allowed me to be, in my humble opinion, as good a teacher as I can be in Boston. Remembering Wheaton in my estate plan is one way for me to repay the college, honor its history and help sustain its future.”

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