Tarrant High School music teacher receives Star Citizen Award

    Jefferson County Star Citizen, Jason Flakes.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Talk of Alabama, and ABC 33/40 would like to recognize the latest Jefferson County Star Citizen, Jason Flakes.

    Jason is Tarrant High School's music teacher for grades 7-12 and the band director. Jefferson County recognizes Jason for his tenacity, resourcefulness, leadership, and his ability to teach music despite having minimal resources. Jason's older students get the opportunity to be in the marching band even though there aren't enough instruments for every member. He has high expectations for his students, despite a small music program.

    Principal Amy Banaszek tells ABC 33/40 that Jason takes his students' safety seriously and always makes sure his students get home safe after practice, ensuring they are picked up by the appropriate person. If one of his students is left behind, he willingly waits with them until their transportation arrives.

    Jason says his goal is to give each of his students the opportunity to experience everything a large music program has to offer, including electronics, even though his resources are slim. Jason's mother, Carla Flakes says he will often use his own money to purchase used instruments.

    Jason Flakes received his secular education at Fairfield High School and is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. He's currently pursuing his Masters in Administration at UAB. Jason was nominated by his mother, who has also had a lifelong love and career in education.

    Thank you, Jason Flakes, for giving yourself and your resources to help shape youth with your music!

    If you would like to donate gently used instruments or make a donation to the Tarrant High School Band and Music Program, please email the Tarrant High School Principal, Amy Banaszek at banaszek@tarrant.k12.al.us or give her a call at 205-296-0649.

    Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to be a good neighbor in our local communities? If so, nominate them to be a Star Citizen at www.jeffcostarcitizen.org.

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