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Mr. Dustin Carter - Physics and Engineering

Mr. Carter was born in Galax and graduated from Grayson County High School. Following high school, he attended Emory & Henry College, graduating with a B.S. in Math/Physics. Mr. Carter taught at Grayson County High School for four years.  In the fall of 2013, he accepted a position at Galax High School to teach physics and math.

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Ms. Kathryn Pakkidis - Physical Science

Kathy Pakkidis is a military brat who grew up in Virginia, California and Pennsylvania. She graduated high school from Eastern Lebanon County High School which is located in Myerstown, Pa. She then moved to Pittsburgh were she pursued a college degree. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, Kathy moved to Virginia where she worked as an accountant for several yours. During that time, Kathy completed a Masters of Education at the University of Mary Washington and began her teaching career at Riverbend H.S. in Spotsylvania County. During her four year tenure at Riverbend, Kathy taught Biology and Honors Biology. After moving to Wytheville in 2013, she now primarily teaches Physical Science and occasionally teaches Ecology and/or Biology as needed. Kathy is married to James Pakkidis, stepmother to James and Scott, and mother to Nikolas.  

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Mrs. Emily Brown - Biology

Emily Brown is a 2005 graduate of Galax High School. She received her Associates degree in Education from Wytheville Community College in 2007 and her Bachelor's degree in biology from Radford University in 2009. Emily is a wife and a mother of two. She teaches biology I and AP biology, and is beginning her fifth year teaching at Galax High School.

Emily is the Student Council Sponsor, Prom Sponsor, and Varsity Cheerleading coach. She also works closely with the Blue Ridge Discovery Center to bring hands on learning to students at GHS. Emily is excited to bring her love of science into the classroom, and hopes others will learn to love biology too!

 

 

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Dr. E.J. Saul - English 12

Dr.Saul was an army brat who grew up all over the United States and in a couple of places that weren’t in the United States. He worked in advertising for a time after college, but decided to pursue a career in education, culminating in a doctorate at the University of Alabama in 1999. He has been working at Galax High School since 2000.

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Mrs. Angela Mankins - English 8

Hi, I’m Angela Mankins. I am a native of Carroll County, although I attended Grayson County High School where I graduated in 1998. I furthered my education at Emory and Henry College with a major in education and a minor in English. In 2002, upon my graduation from Emory, I was hired by the Galax City School district. I began my teaching career twelve years ago with 9th grade and have since taught 12th and 10th grade along with an SAT prep class. I was also privileged to be the cheerleading coach for ten years. I currently teach English 8 and look forward to another exciting, rewarding year in the profession I love so much. Go Tide!

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Mrs. Beth Smith English 9

 

                Mrs. Smith graduated from Carroll County High School in 1989. She began her college career at Wytheville Community College and transferred to Radford University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in English in 1993. She returned to Radford University the following year in order to complete post-graduate studies which would allow her to teach middle school. Her Master’s in Education with endorsement in TESOL was earned from Regent University.

 

            Her teaching career began for Carroll County Public Schools. In her 19 ½ year tenure there, she instructed students in English 8-12. While employed by Carroll County, she sponsored the school newspaper, AASIS, the National Junior Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. She also coached the forensics team. Her next teaching position was at Fort Chiswell High School. Her teaching responsibilities consisted of instruction in English 9-12, yearbook, and forensics. She was named Fort Chiswell High School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. She joins Galax High School this year as the ninth-grade English teacher. 

 

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Mr. David Fant - English 10

Mr. Fant was reared on a farm in Elk Creek, Va. He graduated high school from Virginia Episcopal School. He began his college career at Roanoke College and finished at Radford University in 1992. While teaching he continued graduate level course work in English and in Education at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Mr. Fant began his teaching career at Galax High School in 1998. After teaching at Hanahan High School in Hanahan, S.C. from 2000-2003, he returned to Galax and has been teaching mainly Honors and standard English 10. Other classes taught have included Honors and standard English 11 and English 9 along with Creative Writing, Journalism, and SAT Prep.

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Ms. B.J. Carroll - English 11

Ms. Carroll grew up in Greenville, North Carolina, graduated from J. H. Rose High School, and received a B.S. Degree in Speech and Drama from East Carolina University. After college, she worked with North Carolina Dance Theater and then returned to school to acquire credentials for teaching English. Her first three years as an educator were spent in Hyde County, North Carolina near the Outer Banks. In 1985, Ms. Carroll began teaching at Galax High School and has loved her tenure here. Her proudest accomplishments come with the building of theater at Galax High School. With six VHSL State Championships, she stands as the second most decorated director in the history of the VHSL. Nine individual state champions in forensics have thrived under her coaching. Ms. Carroll’s joy in working with high school students keeps her young.

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Ms. Jamie Garrett - Geometry

Mrs. Garrett grew up in Shawsville, Virginia where she graduated from Eastern Montgomery High school in 2003. She then moved to Emory, Virginia to attend Emory and Henry College (Go Wasps!!!). There she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics in 2007. After graduating from Emory, Mrs. Garrett moved to Galax where she started her first year of teaching mathematics. She has taught at Galax High School for nine years. Her favorite part of her job is working with her students.

Some of Mrs. Garrett's favorite things to do include: reading, traveling, spending time with her husband and daughter, loving on her cat and dog, and watching football.

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Ms. Charlene Lawson - Calculus

 

Charlene Lawson graduated from Bluefield State College in 1993 with a degree in Middle/Adolescent Education with a specialization in Mathematics.  Prior to obtaining a teaching position, she worked as a secretary, draftsperson, and office manager for two different civil engineering companies and one mechanical engineering company located in or near Richmond, Virginia.  One company even sent her to Belgium for two weeks of company orientation.  Also during this time, she accumulated years of experience through substitute teaching at Tazewell High School and working for an online education provider in Richmond.

 

Her first teaching position was in 1997 at John H. Smyth School, a juvenile correctional facility in Hanover, Virginia.  Although it was a juvenile correctional facility, it functioned under a public school system with a military model.   She taught a variety of male students of diverse nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, and criminal records.  Ms. Lawson taught any mathematical subject from Math 6 through Trigonometry in a true year-round school model, since the students were always in attendance.  She regrettably had to leave this position in 2000 to accompany her husband to Pennsylvania.

 

In Pennsylvania, she resumed working for one of the civil engineering firms who had decided to open an office in Harrisburg until that fall when she was employed by Baltimore County Public Schools at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Maryland.  Ms. Lawson taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, remediation courses, and Applications of Personal Computing.  This position was vastly different due to the proximity to Baltimore, Maryland and the fact that the campus was surrounded by a few fast-food restaurants and a shopping center across the road.  There was a student body diverse in nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, and religions.  Again, she regrettably left this position in 2004 due to a divorce and relocating back to Virginia to be closer to her family.

 

In 2004, Charlene was employed by Galax City Public Schools.  She has taught Algebra I, Algebra 2, Trigonometry/Probability & Statistics, College Precalculus, College Calculus, AP Calculus.  The students in Galax also have diversity in nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds; however, it is in a c

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Mrs. Wendy Dixon - Geometry

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Mrs. Pam Bray - Economics and Personal Finance

Mrs. Bray grew up nearby in Wytheville, VA. She graduated from George Wythe High School in 1971. Her first two years of college were at Wytheville Community College where she earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts and was a member of the student council. She traveled to Guam with her first husband and lived there 2 years. She worked for a Japanese company and attended the University of Guam where she studied art. Back in the United States, she attended WCC again and earned an A.A.S. in Drafting and Design Technology. Her second year she was president of the student body. She then remarried and was a stay-at-home mom until her two daughters were ages 3 and 4.  She commuted to Radford University and received a B.S. in Mathematics with a teaching certificate. She was awarded Outstanding Mathematics Senior in 1988.  That fall she came to teach at Galax High School. She enjoyed working with the juniors on their proms for 18 years. She also taught night classes in the Adult Diploma Program until that program ended. She has taught several classes at the Governor's  Summer School at WCC. Mrs. Bray obtained her Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia is 2007. She is a member of the GEA, the VCTM, NCTM, and ADK;a local branch of an international sorority for female teaching professionals. Mrs. Bray's hobbies included board games and dolls, but she has now spends her extra time with her 2 granddaughters.

 

"I love math and the puzzles it offers.  I also enjoy (the challenge of) working with teenagers. The people I work for and with at Galax High School have made it a very special place."

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Mrs. Patty Smith - Guidance Secretary

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Mr. Verl Brown - Campus Monitor

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Officer Vicky Taylor - Resource Officer

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Mrs. Becky Ward - Bookkeeper


 

  

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Mrs. Debbie Shaw - Secretary

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Mr. Jeff Combs - Activities Director

200 Maroon Tide Drive, , , 24333

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Telephone276-236-2991 Ext 228
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Mr. Patrick Butler - Secretary/Bookkeeper

What would lead a person to come out of semi-retirement for full-time employment? Working at Galax Middle School, of course. My roots are in education what with my mother having been a school librarian, my dad being a minister, and my own designs on teaching while in college. However, following my college education, I got sidetracked by the notion of being in the Air Force. . .a notion that stuck with me for more than 21 years. I moved to Galax in 2002 where I continued my second career as a stay at home dad for my daughter Catherine. Some strange force compelled me to become a full-time instructor at GMS for the 2011-2012 school year and then a locum tenens classroom specialist (i.e., substitute teacher) ever since. Moving into the secretary’s position at GMS seems like a natural progression, a place where I can still influence young minds and keep in touch with my educational roots. When not working, I enjoy spending time navigating the vagaries of teenage-dom with my daughter, spending money on numerous trips to Disney World with my wife Chris, spending hours holding my two grandkids in Florida, and wasting a good walk by golfing.

 


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