Meet the Administration of Galax City Public Schools!
Bill Sturgill, Superintendent of Galax City Public Schools
Mr. Sturgill is a native of Hillsville, Virginia, where he graduated from Carroll County High School in 1982. He attended Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education. He returned to school and completed his Master’s in Special Education from Radford University in 1994, then received his Advanced Studies Diploma in Administration from Virginia Tech in 1996.
After teaching a year in Southside Virginia, Mr. Sturgill returned to the Twin Counties. He taught Special Education and coached at Carroll County, his alma mater, for eight years before transferring to Grayson County and working as a Building Administrator and in the Central Office for seven years. Mr. Sturgill had been in the Galax City Public School system as Principal at Galax High School for four and a half years. In February 2009, he became Superintendent of GCPS.
Rebecca Cardwell, Assistant Superintendent of Galax City Public Schools
Mrs. Cardwell is a native of Galax, Virginia and a graduate of Galax High School. She received a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Agronomy and Agriculture Education from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University.
She began her teaching career at Woodlawn Intermediate School in Carroll County, VA. After serving as assistant principal at Woodlawn and assistant principal for instruction at Carroll County High School, Rebecca returned to Galax as principal of the middle school. She also served as principal of Galax Elementary School before moving to the central office as Director of Student Services. She has served Galax City Schools as Assistant Superintendent for the past 4 years.
Dr. Francis Turpin, Director of Federal Programs and Student Services
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Bill Sutherland, CTE Coordinator/Director of Testing
Mr. Sutherland is a native of Galax, Virginia, where he graduated from Galax High School in 1979. He then attended Radford University, receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Social Science in 1983. In 2001, Mr. Sutherland continued his education through Radford and graduated with his Master's in Educational Leadership.
After serving fifteen years at Grayson County High School as a history and government teacher, Mr. Sutherland came to Galax Middle School in 1999 to teach World Geography. In 2000, he became Assistant Principal of Galax Middle School where he served until 2004. Mr. Sutherland moved to Galax High School in ’04 and held the positions of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. From February of 2009, Mr. Sutherland was asked to take on the role of Principal at GHS. In July of 2011 he became the Career and Technical Education Coordinator and the Division Director of Testing.
Working with all students and staff, helping each to develop to their fullest potential is a large part of Mr. Sutherland's goal as an employee of the Galax City School System.
Brian Stuart, Principal of Galax Elementary School
Mr. Stuart was born in Maryland, but moved to the area when he was two. He was raised in Pipers Gap area, where he 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 as Principal as Galax Elementary School.
“I truly love coming to work every day to see all the smiles on our children’s faces and receive the best hugs in the world. I enjoy working with all of our staff members to create the best learning environment for our students”, says Stuart.
Sonia Truitt, Assistant Principal of Galax Elementary School
Bio coming soon
Kristie Legg, Principal of Galax Middle School
Mrs. Legg is originally from Dublin, Virginia and attended Pulaski High School where she graduated in 1988. She went on to Radford University where she received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in 1992, her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies in 1997, and her Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2002.
Mrs. Legg taught 6th and 7th grades at Pulaski Middle School for five years while attending RU for her Master’s. From Pulaski Middle, she obtained the assistant principal’s position at Galax Elementary School and served in this position for three years. Mrs. Legg moved to Galax Middle School and became the Principal in 2005. She is now in her fifth year as Principal at GMS.
“I really enjoy working for a small school system that is truly a community of learners. From the elementary to middle and high, we see each student as “our” student, no matter which school the child attends. This division is truly supported by the City of Galax, the School Board, central office, the community in which we live, our parents and students. I often tell the faculty and staff at Galax Middle School how fortunate I am to work with such a caring group of individuals who are like family. I am proud of this school, especially of our students”, says Legg.
Derrick Spence, Assistant Principal at 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.
Dr. Jody Ray, Principal of Galax High School
Dr. Ray was born in Tazewell County, Virginia and graduated
from Richlands High School. Upon
graduating, he attended Radford University for his undergraduate studies. After receiving his bachelor degree, he began
his teaching career at Amherst County High School, where he taught Earth
Science and Agriculture. Dr. Ray
obtained his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the
University of Virginia, and his Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership
from Shenandoah University. After a
short time at Staunton River High School, in Bedford County, Dr. Ray moved to Nelson
County Public Schools where he was employed for six years. For the past five years, he has served as the
Principal of Nelson County Middle School.
Dr. Ray and his family moved to the Galax area, upon accepting the
position as principal at Galax High School.
In many ways, living here is like coming home for Dr. Ray and his family,
as his wife is originally from Grayson County.
Justin Iroler, Assistant Principal of Galax High School
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.
“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.