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Galax Elementary School... 06/15/18
The school year ended at Galax Elementary School with awards, activities, and field day.  Take a look as ...
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GMS Update 06/15/18
Galax Middle School closed out the school year with a number of interactive activities.  Take a look at s...
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Tide Times June 8, 2018 06/15/18
The school year for Galax High Schools is almost over.  The stage is set for graduation.  
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Three Time State Champi... 03/08/18
Entering the 2017-18 VHSL State Wrestling tournament Galax Junior Joshua Spurlin was 97-15 and ready for the t...
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Manufacturing in the mo... 03/07/18
Galax High School dual enrollment welding students recently traveled to Kernersville, North Carolina to tour t...
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Faculty & Staff: All Listings 

Mrs. Lynn Justice - Librarian

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Mrs. Hillary Henry

Hillary Henry is from Roanoke and graduated from Cave Spring High School in 2009. After high school she attended Radford University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014. Right after finishing her education, Hillary began teaching 2nd grade at Galax Elementary in 2014 and has felt truly welcome in the Galax community. She is excited for another school year!

"I believe in life it's important to never stop learning because life never stops teaching!"

Category:2nd Grade
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Ms. Crystal Sessions

Ms. Sessions is originally from Honaker, VA. and graduated from Honaker High, in 1996. She then proceeded to acquire an Associate’s Degree from Southwest VA Community College. After having her daughter, Alyssa, she continued her education at Virginia Intermont where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.

Her teaching career began at Galax Elementary School in 2001. After teaching at Galax for a few years, she continued her education through East Tennessee State University. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Science in 2006.

She moved to Jacksonville, NC in 2008, where she continued to teach and work as a math facilitator amongst several of the schools in Onslow Co. While in Jacksonville, she had a son, Briar.

In 2013, she moved back to Galax, to continue her teaching career.

“I have always had a passion for math. Students don’t always come to my room with a love for math, but my goal is to change that feeling within my students, and to show them all that they can conquer math if they are determined to.”

Category:4th Grade
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Ms. Sabrina Holden

Mrs. Sabrina Key Holden is a first grade teacher at Galax Elementary.  A Galax native, she graduated from Galax High School in 1986 and earned an Associate in Arts and Sciences from Wytheville Community College.  She transferred to Radford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Education.

 

 

She taught second grade for eight years until answering a higher call in 2001 to be a stay-at-home mom.  While enjoying time with her babies, born in 2000 and 2003, Mrs. Holden taught home-bound students for Galax City Public Schools until her daughter Kaitlyn was ready for Kindergarten and Branden was a second grader.  Mrs. Holden returned to GES in 2008 and have taught fabulous first and second graders ever since.

 

Category:1st Grade
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Ms. Kim Hundley

Ms. Hundley is from Hillsville and graduated from Carroll County High school.  After high school she attended Radford University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Social Sciences and Special Education.  She also acquired  her elementary teaching certification for grades K-5.  Afterwards, Ms. Hundley attended Emory and Henry College where she earned her Masters of Art degree in Education with an endorsement as a Reading Specialist for grades K-12.  

 

Ms. Hundley worked in Carroll County for one year as a special education teacher.  She came to Galax Elementary School in 1999 and has since taught Kindergarten, second grade, and third grade.

"I really enjoy serving the Galax community!  I believe we have the best students, parents, and teachers in the country!"

 

Category:2nd Grade
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Ms. Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia and graduated from Atlee High School in 2009. She attended Emory & Henry College where she received her Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, as well as her Master of Education:Professional Studies in 2014. Ms.Jenkins earned endorsements pertaining to Special Education K-12 and English as a Second Language.

Ms. Jenkins moved from Richmond, Virginia when she was hired to teach 1st grade. She began teaching 1st grade at Galax Elementary in 2014, shortly after graduating from Emory & Henry. She is extremely blessed to work with such an incredible team!  “I am so thankful for the community and support that Galax offers. I cannot even begin to put into words how thankful I am to work with such amazing individuals, as well as the students. I am looking forward to another great year!”

Category:1st Grade
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Jill Thompson has been a school counselor since 1995.  She is a graduate of Carroll County High School and Radford University.  She was employed at Carroll County Public Schools from 1995-2001.  She has been employed at Galax City Schools since 2002. 

Category:Guidance
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Mrs. Jan Embree - Civics and Economics

Mrs. Embree has lived in Galax for six years. She is a Nebraska native and lived in Denver, Colorado for 14 years. She is a lifelong learner and educator. She has a degree in Christian Education, Bachelor of Science- Interdisciplinary Studies, PreK-6, and is endorsed in Social Studies 6-12 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is currently pursuing a Masters in History through the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“I am excited to be living in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia and am honored to be a part of Galax City Schools. I am looking forward to sharing my love for our country, our commonwealth, and our great city with the students at Galax Middle School.”

Category:7th Grade
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Mr. Chad Stanley - History

Mr. Stanley has lived most of his life in the Fries area of Grayson County.  He graduated from Grayson County High School in 1990.  He then earned his bachelor of science degree from Radford University.  Mr. Stanley began his teaching career at Galax Middle School in 1994 where he has taught until present.  During these years, Mr. Stanley has taught sixth grade U.S. History and seventh grade Civics and Economics.  Mr. Stanley's goals for his students include helping them become engaged in government and the political processes of our great country.

Category:6th Grade
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Mrs. Eileen Colonna CCEC Elementary

 

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Mr. Darrin Byrd  CCEC Lead Teacher

Darin Byrd grew up in Carroll County, VA. He graduated from Carroll County High School in 1989. He began his college career at Surry Community College in North Carolina and finished his undergraduate degree from Radford University. While teaching, he continued his education and completed his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Darin began his teaching career at Gentry Middle School in North Carolina in 1998. In 1999, he accepted a Special Education position with Galax in 1999. He continued as a Special Educator for several years before becoming an Algebra I teacher at GHS and GMS. He currently assumes the positions of Math 7 and Algebra I.

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Mrs. Angie Leonard- Math 7 and Geometry

Mrs. Leonard grew up in Carroll County, Virginia where she graduated from Carroll County High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia Intermont College and a Master's degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University; however, because of her passion for mathematics education, Mrs. Leonard pursued and obtained her endorsement to teach middle school math.

 

 

Mrs. Leonard began her teaching career at Grayson County Public School’s Independence Elementary in 2001 as a Special Education teacher. In 2005, she was hired as a special education teacher at Galax High School. While at Galax High School, she primarily co-taught in the inclusion math settings which included such classes as Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions and Data Analysis, and Computer Math. Mrs. Leonard presently teaches seventh grade math at Galax Middle School.

Category:7th Grade
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Mrs. Sherry Lumpkin

Mrs. Lumpkin grew up in Pulaski County and graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1985.  Her undergraduate work is through Radford University and she has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education.  She also did her graduate work at Radford University and graduated with a Master's degree in Elementary Education in 1992. 

Mrs. Lumpkin taught PreK-5th grade Music for 1 year in Dinwiddie County, VA, Kindergarten for 9 years in Wythe County before coming to Galax in 2003. Since coming to Galax she has taught PreK 1 year, Kindergarten and looped 1 year to First Grade.  She has taught 23 years.

Mrs. Lumpkin and her husband Trace moved to Galax from Pulaski in 2003. Trace is the Aquatics Director for the Recreation Department. They have 2 children. Austin graduated from GHS this year and Savanna is a 10th grader at Galax High School. When not during school hours Mrs. Lumpkin spends her time as a taxi driver and cheerleader to her kids and the activities they participate in.  She loves to scrapbook traditionally and digitally, play the piano and read numerous blogs trying to find ways to make her instruction for fun for her students.

Category:Kindergarten
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Ms. Tara Branham

Ms. Branham grew up on a farm in central Virginia.  She graduated from William Monroe High School; where she then went on to earn a degree from Concord University.   After teaching a couple of years, Ms. Branham then went back to school and received a graduate degree from Emory & Henry College.  She has been teaching first grade at Galax Elementary School for twelve years. She also taught Title 1 reading for four years with Madison County Public Schools. Ms. Branham is currently teaching first grade and this is her seventeenth year teaching.  She enjoys spending time with her two children, as well as hiking, running, and biking.

 

Category:1st Grade
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Mrs. Amanda Evans

Amanda Evans is a 2004 graduate of Grayson County High School. She went on to Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Special Education. After graduating from Radford in 2010, Amanda worked at Galax Elementary School as a paraprofessional and was later hired as an elementary school teacher. She taught third grade her first year and has taught two years in Pre-Kindergarten. She is currently teaching Kindergarten.

Category:Kindergarten
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Ms. Sara Robinson

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Sara Robinson has taught at Galax Elementary School for over 20 years. She graduated from Emory and Henry College with a B.A. in Religion. Then she received a B.S. in Early Elementary Education from Radford University. Ms. Robinson also has a Master of Arts degree in Reading from Emory and Henry. 

 

When not teaching, she enjoys church work and spending time with family and friends.

Category:Pre-School
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Mrs. Wendy Belcher

Mrs. Belcher grew up in Pulaski County Va. and graduated from Pulaski County High School. She is married and has 6 children between the ages of 13 and 7. She is active in her church, Cornerstone Community Church in Galax. She and her husband enjoy all the various sports and school activities her children are involved in including football, softball, basketball, wrestling, track, and band.

Mrs. Belcher received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master’s in Education through a dual licensure program at Radford University. Mrs. Belcher began her teaching career at Galax Elementary in 2009 as the pre-school special education teacher.

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Mrs. Sabrina Anders - Social Studies

Mrs. Anders is from Alleghany County, North Carolina.  She graduated from Alleghany High School.  She then went on to Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. 

Mrs. Anders began teaching at Galax Elementary in 2008.  In her years at GES she has taught Pre-Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 4th grade.  

Category:5th Grade
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Ms. Megan Chilton

Ms. Megan Chilton grew up in Collinsville, Virginia, where she graduated from Fieldale-Collinsville High School in 2002. After high school, Megan attended Bluefield College. In 2005 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences and minored in Criminal Justice. While attending Bluefield College, Megan was also a member of the Women's Soccer Team. In 2007, Megan completed her Master of Science degree  at Radford University, where she studied Counseling and Human Development, concentrating in School Counseling.

Prior to joining Galax City Public Schools, Megan worked her first eight years as a school counselor in Carroll County. Her first three years she worked as a part time counselor at both Hillsville Elementary School and St. Paul School. She worked as the full time counselor at Hillsville Elementary School her last five years in Carroll County. Ms. Chilton is currently the School Counselor at Galax Middle School. 

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