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Swim Safety 02/26/18
This week, students from Mrs. Byrd’s class participated in a water safety course at the Galax Recreation Cen...
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The Outdoor Classroom 02/08/18
On Tuesday, February 06, Mr. Horton’s forestry class and Mr. Carter’s engineering class made the great out...
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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 

Ms. Shannon Wilson - Technology

Mrs. Wilson currently enjoys teaching all students in kindergarten through fourth grades as the GES technology teacher.  She is a native of Galax, Virginia, and was a graduate of Carroll County High School.  She began her college education at Wytheville Community College, and then transferred to Radford University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Wilson started her teaching career at Galax Elementary School.  She spent eight gratifying years teaching kindergarten before moving to her present specialist teaching position.

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Ms.  Erin Creed - Art

Erin Creed grew up in the Baywood community of Grayson County and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2003. Ms. Creed graduated from Radford University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. She then went on to teach elementary art for Grayson County Public Schools from 2008-2010. In 2012, she graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development. After several years of working in the Mental Health field, Ms. Creed is excited to be returning to teaching! In her spare time, she enjoys photography, ceramics, painting, playing the bass fiddle, and traveling.

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Mrs. Heather Hanks - Music

Mrs. Hanks grew up in Galax, VA and graduated from Carroll County High School in 1991. She attended Emory and Henry College, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Theatre concentration. In the fall of 1995, she moved to New York City where she continued her studies at the HB Studio, and the School for Film and Television. In 2000, she moved to Charlotte, NC to begin her undergraduate degree in music at Queens College, now Queens University of Charlotte. Upon her graduation in the spring of 2002, she moved to Greenville, NC to attend East Carolina University for her Master’s Degree in Music. She graduated with a Master’s of Music, Vocal Pedagogy, in the spring of 2004. While at graduate school, she taught voice at the Music Academy of Eastern NC, and directed a children’s choir at a local church.

            Mrs. Hanks and her family returned to the area in 2005. She has been teaching private piano and voice lessons since 2008, and sings with the Highland Camerata, a regional chorus. Mrs. Hanks worked in the Carroll County School system before coming to work for Galax City Schools. She was employed as an AmeriCorps Tutor in Reading, and also worked as a Title I aide in Math and Reading. She credits her years at Oakland Elementary as the guiding force that led her to pursue her teaching degree.  

            Mrs. Hanks is excited to work with the Galax Community. She believes that music and the arts keep the children engaged in school. “Music is my passion. I believe that every child needs to be exposed to the arts. Children love music, and I love that I get to share my passion with them. When a child has that A-ha! Moment, it is thrilling!”

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Ms. Rose Houk - Physical Education

Mrs. Houk grew up in Meadowview, Virginia and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1977. While in high school Mrs. Houk was very involved in athletics and extracurricular activities, including volleyball, basketball, track, and band (majorette).

Following high school, Mrs. Houk attended Emory and Henry College, graduating in 1981, she earned a B.A. in Health and Physical Education K-12 / Drivers Education. She also played volleyball at E&H for all four years of college.

Mrs. Houk came to Galax to teach in 1981, thinking that she would be here for one or two years. Thirty-Three years later, Mrs. Houk is still in Galax. “This is my home”, Mrs. Houk confesses. During those years, she has taught health and PE at the high school, middle school, and the elementary school.

In 2012, she retired from coaching varsity volleyball and varsity girls track at Galax High School after 31 years. She also coached J.V. girls basketball for 8 years.

Mrs. Houk is married to Don Houk, who is a retired Grayson County Deputy. They have one son, Tyler, who also graduated from Emory and Henry College in 2013.

“I love to help children learn to be active through different games, and I love to watch the Maroon Tide and the Wasps play anything. I also love beach trips”.

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Ms. Alicia Warf - Library

Mrs. Warf grew up in Galax and graduated from Galax High School in 2001. She studied elementary education at Radford University and graduated with a bachelors degree in 2005. She then came back to Galax and got a job teaching 3rd grade at Galax Elementary School. She taught 3rd grade for 5 years while working on her masters degree from Old Dominion University. In 2009, she received a masters degree in Library Media Studies. Mrs. Warf has been the librarian at Galax Elementary school since 2010.

"I love teaching! Children bring a smile to my face every single day. What other job can say they are guaranteed a smile everyday? I am very lucky to have gotten a job a love in back in my hometown."

 

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Mrs. Darla Robbins

Mrs. Robbins is a native of Southern California.  She graduated from California State University Long Beach (The Beach) with a BA in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Religious Studies.  She also holds an ESL endorsement.  She taught 8 years in California before moving to Virginia in 2004.  She has taught at GES since 2004.  Her experience has been in Kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades along with teaching ESL for 3 years.

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Ms. Deborah Davis

Mrs. Davis was born and raised in Galax, Virginia and graduated from Galax High School. She then proceeded to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Hollins College. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on reading from Virginia Tech. Upon completion of this degree she received her added designation as a reading specialist. She has also completed graduate work in American History through the University of Virginia, Emory and Henry College, and William and Mary.

Mrs. Davis began her teaching career in the Carroll County Public School System. After teaching at Carroll County Intermediate School for 4 years, she came back to the Galax City Public School System as a teacher. Since starting in Galax City Public Schools in 2000 she has taught a variety of grades spending most of her time in the 4th grade. Mrs. Davis’s particular area of interest is Virginia History. She has participated in teacher institutes at Jamestown/Yorktown, Montpelier, the Virginia Historical Society, Stratford Hall, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Library of Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia Historical Society, the National Conference of History Educators, the Organization of American History, the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, and the Southern Association for Women Historians.

Mrs. Davis is also a member of the international teaching organizations of Alpha Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma. These organizations recognize outstanding women educators. Mrs. Davis has served in a variety of leadership roles for both of these organizations.

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Ms. Laura Sturgill

Mrs. Sturgill is originally from Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Midlothian High School in 1991. She attended Radford University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Sturgill began her teaching career at Galax Elementary in 1997, where she has taught first, second, and third grade. She loves teaching and looks forward to spending each day with her amazing students! She hopes to always inspire them, as well as instill a lifelong passion for learning. 

 

"The mediocre teacher tells.The good teacher explains.The superior teacher demonstrates.

The great teacher inspires."  - William Arthur Ward

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Mrs. Susanne Wilson

Mrs. Wilson  is from Galax, Virginia and graduated from Grayson County High School in 1989. She attended Radford University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She completed her Master's degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University. Mrs. Wilson began her teaching career in Grayson County where she taught for seven years. She began her career at Galax Elementary School in 2000. She has taught kindergarten, second-grade, computer technology, special education, and third-grade.

 

She also loves spending time with her own family. She shares her home with her husband, a son, a daughter, and a cat. J Spending time with her family outdoors on the lake, by the river, or by the ocean is her favorite pastime.

 

 She looks forward to another wonderful year of teaching students and making her classroom into a “family” of learners.

 

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Ms. Lois Rogers

Ms. Rogers is a native to Galax. She graduated from Galax High School in 1986. Ms. Rogers then attended Surry Community College for two years where she received an Associate in Science Degree before transferring to Radford University where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Middle Education. Ms. Rogers began teaching at Galax Elementary School in 1992 and has taught Kindergarten for 21 years.  In 2003, Ms. Rogers earned her Master of Arts degree from Emory & Henry College specializing in reading instruction. At present, Ms. Rogers will begin teaching second grade for the 2013-2014 school year.

 “I have always loved to teach children to learn how to read. Reading is such an important life skill. It is my hope to instill confidence and the enjoyment of reading in my students.”

 

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Mrs. Crystal Whisenhunt

Mrs. Whisenhunt is a native of Galax. She graduated from Galax High School and continued her education at Emory and Henry College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. After 15 years in the Grayson County School System, she is thrilled to join the GES community.

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Mrs. Sarah Gallimore

Mrs. Gallimore was born in Wytheville, Virginia and has lived in Galax since she was four years old. She attended Galax City Public Schools and graduated from Galax High School. Mrs. Gallimore attended Radford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is beginning her fortieth year of teaching first grade, and adding her twelve years of school attending Galax City Public Schools gives her a total of fifty two years in this system. 

Mrs. Gallimore and her husband of 36 years, Rick, enjoy gardening, watching Va.Tech football games, and  their Corgi, named “Maggie”.

“I knew I wanted to teach small children when I was a cheerleader at Galax High School and I enjoyed teaching the cheers to the children in the neighborhood.”

“Education has changed so much since I started teaching.  It has truly been and  will continue to be an amazing journey.”

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Ms. Rhonda Anderson

Hello, my name is Rhonda Anderson.  I was born and raised in Carroll County, and graduated from Carrol Co. High School, Class of 74/75. ( I actually graduated August 10, 1974, one year early.)  I am married to Jerry, and we have two children.  Our daughter, Jennifer,  is married and has two children, Vivian (age 8), and Ephraim (age 5).  She ia a school librarian in Floyd County.  Our son, Brian, is a pharmacist.  I am very proud of my family. 

I call myself a "late bloomer" in the career of education.  I worked at Roses Dept. Store in Galax for seven years.  Then I went in to production work at  Spencer's Manufacturing in Mt. Airy, N.C. where I sewed children's clothes for 12 years.  Then lay offs began to happen, and I started taking classes at Wytheville Community College and Surry Community College.  I would go to classes after work.  I did so for several years.  Then I had enough credits to enter Radford Universty as a Junior, so I quit my job, and went full time to R. U. and graduated in May 2001.  I have a B.S. in Elementary Edu. and a Minor in English.  I did my blocking at Dublin Elem. School in Dublin, Va.  and my student teaching at St. Paul School in Cana, Va.  I interviewed for a teaching position at Galax Elementary and was hired at a First Grade teacher.  This is my thirteenth year teaching and my thirteenth year at GES. 

I really enjoy what I do.  This is the most challenging job I have ever had, BUT it is the most rewarding job I have ever had.  I enjoy teaching very much and I enjoy the children.  I always try to be a positive influence on them, and give them encouragement to believe in themselves.  Our class motto is "Never Settle For Less Than Your Best." I tell my students,  "we don't have to be perfect, but we need to do the best that we are capable of doing."

 

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Ms. Alyssa Wingate

Ms. Wingate grew up in Independence and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2010. Following high school she attended Emory & Henry College where she majored in Education and was a member of the tennis team. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work while at Emory and graduated with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education in 2014. Miss Wingate then taught Kindergarten in Fries, VA before beginning in Kindergarten at Galax in 2015.

 

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Ms. Samantha Nelson

Miss Nelson was born in Michigan but was raised in Fries, Virginia. She graduated from Grayson County High School in 2008 and went on to Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating from Radford in 2011, Miss Nelson began working as a substitute teacher and after school tutor until she began her career at Galax Elementary School in 2012. She taught second grade for one year and is currently teaching Kindergarten.

 

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Ms. Beth Hodges

Beth Walker is a 2005 graduate of Galax High School where she played volleyball, basketball, and softball. She then attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise. While at Virginia Tech, Beth played softball for the Hokies and frequently participated in the Athletic department’s partnership with the local elementary school called Lunch Buddies. In 2009, she began coaching for Galax High School and substitute teaching for Galax Elementary while she earned her M. A.T. in Elementary Education through Liberty University. She graduated with her graduate degree in 2012. Beth taught third grade in her first year of teaching, 2012-2013. She is now teaching Kindergarten.

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Mrs. Amanda Mitchell

Mrs. Mitchell is originally from Pulaski, VA.  She graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1994.  She attended Radford University and received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1998.  She began working at Galax Elementary School in 2000 as a third grade teacher.  Later, she earned a Master of Arts in Reading from Emory and Henry in 2003.  She taught third grade for eight years, and she also taught second grade, worked as a reading specialist.  Mrs. Mitchell is currently working as a Pre-k teacher at Galax Elementary School.

Category:Pre-School
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Ms. Lori McKenzie

Ms. McKenzie is a native of Galax and is a graduate of Galax High School. In May 2004, she graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in English and Social Science. She is endorsed to teach grades Pre-K through 6. She has been teaching Pre-K at Galax Elementary since 2004.

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