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GCPS Administration: All Listings 

Mr. Jason Kohl School Psychologist

Mr. Kohl is a recent product of Galax City Public Schools graduating from Galax High School in 2004. He attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development in 2010. Following a year working as a Therapeutic Daytime Treatment Counselor with Family Preservation Service in Carroll County Public Schools, Mr. Kohl continued his education at James Madison University graduating with his Master of Science in school psychology in 2012. He remains enrolled at JMU where he is in his last year of his Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology which consists of a fulltime internship with Galax City Public Schools.

Along with assisting the schools with his services as a school psychologist intern, Mr. Kohl is also an assistant football coach with the 8th and 9th grade team.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to return home to complete my education. I look forward to working with students and all faculty and administration in creating a safe and enriching learning environment where all can experience success” says Kohl.

Ms. Michelle Zipprich ITRT

Ms. Zipprich is originally from Illinois and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1991. Ms. Zipprich’s first career was in telecommunications. Upon moving to Galax in 1999, she spent several years as a stay at home mom to her son Alex.

She attended Radford University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education PK-6 with a concentration in Math and Science. Upon graduation, she was employed by Galax City Public Schools as a Fourth Grade Teacher. Ms. Zipprich returned to school in 2011 and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University.  In the fall of 2016, Ms Zipprich accepted a new position as the Internet Technology / Resource Teacher for Galax City Schools.

Ms. Zipprich loves being an educator. Her greatest joy comes from watching her students grow and reach beyond what they think is possible. She aspires to move into an administrative role where she can impact not only students, but other educators to be the best they can be.

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.

Mr. Justin Iroler, Principal of Galax High School

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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.

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!”

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.

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.”

Dr. Kristie Legg - Principal Galax Elementary School

Dr. 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 of Business Administration in 1992, her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in 1997, and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2002.  She earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech in 2015.

Dr. Legg taught 6th and 7th grades at Pulaski Middle School for five years. From Pulaski Middle, she obtained the assistant principal’s position at Galax Elementary School and served in this position for three years.  Dr. Legg moved to Galax Middle School where she was principal from 2005 – 2015. Dr. Legg returned to Galax Elementary School in 2015.

“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 in this division how fortunate I am to work with such a caring group of individuals who are like family.  I am proud of our schools, especially of our students,” says Legg.

Bill Sutherland, Director of CTE,Testing, and Assessment

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.

Dr. Frances Turpin, Director of Student Services

Dr. Turpin is from Buchanan County, Virginia where she graduated from Whitewood High School in 1977. She attended UVA Wise and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Secondary Education in 1993. Dr. Turpin then continued her graduate studies at Radford University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychology in 1995 and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology in 1996. In 2004, Dr. Turpin was accepted into the Educational Leadership Program at Virginia Tech, and graduated with at Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education in 2009.

Dr. Turpin began her educational career as a school psychologist in Surry County, North Carolina after her graduation from Radford University. Since that time, she has worked as a school psychologist in various school divisions in the region, including Pulaski County, Henry County, Montgomery County, Grayson County, and Galax City Schools. In 2010 she began serving Galax City Schools as the Director Student Services and Special Education.

Rebecca Cardwell, Asst. 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.

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.