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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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Watch the Game Live 09/01/17
The Galax High School Production club (PANDA) is proud to bring you live sports coverage of Galax High School ...
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Programming 02/09/18
Teams of students in the GMS gifted program built and programed a robot. Each team chose a specific task for t...
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First Tech Challenge 12/10/17
The Maroon Tide (Team 12953) competed at its first ever First Tech Challenge.  The Maroon Tide competed S...
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Mrs. Emily Boyles, Assistant Principal of Galax Elementary School

Mrs. Boyles is originally from Bristol, Virginia and graduated from Virginia High School in 2003. She went on to study at Emory and Henry College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Education in 2007. She continued her education at Liberty University and graduated in 2011 with a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision. Mrs. Boyles began her teaching career at Galax High School in 2007 where she taught all levels of Spanish, coached various sports, and served as the adviser of the National Honor Society.  She obtained the assistant principal position at Galax Elementary School in 2015.  She is currently completing work in the Virginia Tech Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership.  Mrs. Boyles serves as the Assistant Principal Representative on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals.

 

"I could not have found a more perfect place to make roots for myself and my family.  It is a blessing to have the opportunity to work with the students, parents, and community of Galax. I was inspired by many of my wonderful educators to become the very best version of myself, and it is my hope to pass that inspiration along to the students of Galax.”

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Mr. Derrick Spence, Principal of Galax Middle School

Mr. Spence, a native of Hillsville, Virginia, graduated from Carroll County High School and went on to study Music Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  After graduating with his Bachelor’s from ASU, he studied Educational Leadership at Radford University were he received a Master’s of Science.

Before coming to Galax, Mr. Spence worked in the Wythe County School System as band director of George Wythe High School for seven years.  During that time, he also served as administrative assistant at Scott Memorial Middle School in Wytheville. 

 “I enjoy working with kids, their parents, and teachers.  And I enjoy watching kids grow up and helping them learn how to make good decisions.  I wanted to make a positive contribution to the community in which I live, this is why I came to Galax;” said Spence.

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Mrs. Sonia Truitt, Assistant Principal at Galax Middle School

Mrs. Truitt is a native of Galax, Virginia and a graduate of Galax High School.  After high school she attended Radford University and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education.  She continued her education at Emory and Henry College where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Education with a Reading Specialist certification. Additional coursework at Radford University led to licensure in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Mrs. Truitt began her teaching career in Grayson County. She later accepted a position with Galax City Public Schools where she served as the Early Intervention Reading teacher and Reading Specialist. In 2010 she became the Assistant Principal at Galax Elementary School. In July 2015, Mrs. Truitt moved to the position of Assistant Principal at Galax Middle School.

“Working within the Galax City Public School system is such a rewarding experience. The opportunities to learn, grow, and develop professionally are abundant. Each day finds me surrounded by caring colleagues, strong leadership, dedicated parents, and most especially truly remarkable children.  I sincerely enjoy the challenges of education and the opportunities I have had to make learning happen for students.  I feel so blessed to be part of such a great system!”

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Mr. Justin Iroler, Principal of Galax High School

200 Maroon Tide Drive, , , 24333

Mr. Iroler was raised in the Hillsville, Virginia area.  He graduated from Carroll County High School and went on to study Health and Physical Education at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.  Mr. Iroler continued his education at Radford University where he received his Master's in Educational Leadership.

Wanting to begin his teaching career near home, Mr. Iroler spent his first five years teaching at Oakland Elementary in the Carroll County School System.  In 2004, he came to Galax Middle School where he served as the Assistant Principal. He became the Assistant Principal of Galax High School in 2010. Mr. Iroler was promoted to principal beginning with the 2013 2014 school year.

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity each day to see, assist, and work with such wonderful and caring students, their families, staff, and the community of the City of Galax.  Since I have been at Galax Middle School, I have found that the stakeholders of the Galax community have an unbreakable relationship bound together by one strand: all decisions are made for the well-being of our students.  This, in turn, helps us to empower our students with the skills they  need to meet the challenges of tomorrow", says Iroler.

Telephone276-236-2991
Fax276-236-5930
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Mr. Brian Stuart - GHS Assistant Principal / Dean of Students

Mr. Stuart attended Carroll County High School.  Following high school, Mr. Stuart graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, with a degree in Business Administration.  He then went on to receive his Teaching Certification for grades 5-8 from Radford University and his Earth Science endorsement from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  He since completed his Master of Arts in Education, his concentration being Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Mr. Stuart returned to the area after his schooling where he taught Earth Science at Galax High School from 1995-2004. He was also coached football, basketball, and softball during his time at GHS.  Following his teaching at GHS, Mr. Stuart went to Carroll County High School where he served as Assistant Principal for two years.  He returned to the Galax City Public School system in 2006-2015 as Principal as Galax Elementary School.  He has now taken the position of assistant principal at Galax High 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.

Category:Pre-School
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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. 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.

Category:4th Grade
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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.

 

Category:Kindergarten
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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.

 

Category:Kindergarten
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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."

 

Category:1st Grade
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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.”

Category:1st Grade
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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.

Category:Kindergarten
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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.”

 

Category:2nd Grade
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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.

 

Category:3rd Grade
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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

Category:3rd Grade
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