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Intersession at GES 10/20/17
  Students at GES had a great week during Intersession.  They had the opportunity to try new things...
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Fit to Serve 122 09/11/17
Curtis Bartlett, a young veteran, police officer, school resource officer, and a fitness instructor gave his l...
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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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Veteran's Day at GES 11/17/17
Galax Elementary School students took part in Veteran's Day activities on Friday November 10, 2017.  It w...
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College Application Wee... 11/15/17
Galax High School guidance counselor Jill Thompson has the amazing task of assisting seniros with transitionin...
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Career & Technical EducationRSS

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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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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Mr. Aaron Horton - Agriculture

Aaron Horton was born and raised in Carroll County, Virginia.  He was a 2001 Graduate of Carroll County High School.  Following High School, Aaron studied one year at Wytheville Community College before transferring to Virginia Tech.  Aaron graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences and 2006 with a M.S. in Career and Technical Education with an emphasis in Agriculture Education.  Aaron has been teaching Agriculture Education for 7 years.  He taught one year in Northern Virginia and North Carolina before arriving at Galax High School 5 years ago.  Aaron is beginning his fifth year as a golf coach at Galax.  Aaron is married to Megan Horton who is a Certified Physician Assistant in North Carolina and they share their life with their two dogs Sophie and Lanie.  

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Mrs. Joyelle Edmondson - Business

Joyelle Edmondson grew up in the nearby town of Fries, VA and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2008. She then made her way to Blacksburg and attended Virginia Tech (H-O-K-I-E-S, HOKIES!). While at Virginia Tech she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology, graduating in 2012.

Joyelle began teaching Economics and Personal Finance at Galax High School in August of 2012. She also is the Assistant Varsity Volleyball coach and the JV Soccer coach.

“It is such a blessing to be able to come to school every day and work with so many wonderful students. I am so glad to be able to teach Economics and Personal Finance knowing that what I am teaching is something that they will carry with them throughout their entire life. It is my hope to make a differences in my student’s lives, but what they don’t realize is the difference that they constantly make in mine. :)”

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Ms. Jillian Gravley - Business

Mrs. Gravley grew up in Richlands, VA and graduated from Richlands High School in 2004.

She attended Emory & Henry College and graduated with a B.S. in business administration and Education in 2008.

Later, she attended Radford University and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in 2009.

Mrs. Gravley started teaching at Galax High in 2009 where she teaches business classes for grades 8-12.

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Mr. Charles McPeak - Auto Mechanics

Mr. McPeak grew up in Draper, Virginia and graduated from Pulaski County High in 1988.  He attended and graduated from New River Community College in 1997, earning an ASE certification as a mechanic. Mr. McPeak was hired by the Chrysler dealership in Radford, Virginia shortly before he graduated. He served as an ASE certified master auto technician there for 14 years. Mr. McPeak was hired by Galax City Schools as the ASE certified auto instructor in 2010.

 

“Teaching is what I have always wanted to do. I enjoy working with all of the students in the Galax”.

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Ms. Emily Guynn - Family & Consumer Science

Ms. Ricketts grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she graduated from J.R. Tucker High School in 2003. She then moved to Blacksburg to attend Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology in 2007, followed by a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education in 2009.

She worked as a School Counselor at an Eastern Elementary/Middle in Giles County for 3 years before moving to Galax in the summer of 2012. This is her 2nd year teaching Family and Consumer Sciences at GHS.

“My favorite part about my job is being able to teach students real-life skills that they will be able to use in their future. I feel so lucky to be working with such a great group of kids! I have always felt that I learn as much from my students as they do from me!”

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Mrs. Sena Parks - Business Information

Mrs. Sena Parks has lived in Galax all of her life, she is a 1992 graduate of Galax High School.  She is married with 2 wonderful daughters.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Radford University in 1996. She worked in sales and marketing for 10 years before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2007. She then began teaching in the Grayson County School System in 2010, while teaching and working in technology there she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology for Liberty University in 2017. Mrs. Parks loves teaching Business and Technology to all grade levels and is very happy to be doing so back “home” at Galax High School. 

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Mr. Kevin Frazier Military Science

Mr. Frazier is a native of Jacksonville, NC.  He graduated in 1988 from Richlands High School.  After graduating, Mr. Frazier joined the US Army where he spent 27 years and retired in November 2015 as a First Sergeant.  As a soldier, Mr. Frazier has had five Combat deployments and served in numerous other missions (deployments) all over the world. Mr. Frazier is married to Mrs. Ginger  (Hoffman) Frazier, a native of Galax, and have four children (ages ranging from 30 yrs to 19 yrs).  Mr. Frazier started working in the GCPS system in October 2015 as a substitute teacher and subsequently moved to GES as an instructional aide for SPED services.

 

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