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Galax Elementary School... 06/15/18
The school year ended at Galax Elementary School with awards, activities, and field day.  Take a look as ...
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GMS Update 06/15/18
Galax Middle School closed out the school year with a number of interactive activities.  Take a look at s...
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Tide Times June 8, 2018 06/15/18
The school year for Galax High Schools is almost over.  The stage is set for graduation.  
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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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Directory: All Listings 

Imade Igodan- Choral Director

Ms. Igodan, a native of South Carolina, is the choral director at Galax City Middle and High Schools.  Prior to coming to Galax, Ms. Igodan served in the US Peace Corps in Zambia (2015-17) where she taught English and directed a choir in the village where she lived.  While attending high school, her choral music teacher encouraged her to think about music as a profession.  Ms. Igodan earned a B.S. degree in music from Tennessee State University and a M.M. in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina. While in graduate school she performed in the opera Our Town and played the role of Nora in Riders to the Sea. In 2010 she was chosen for the Manhattan School of Music’s vocal program and studied privately with world-renowned opera singer Mignon Dunn.  Prior to her Peace Corps experience she worked as assistant choral director at Northstar Christian Center in Columbia, SC, and sang with the Lexington County Choral Society in that city.  She was guest artist for a benefit concert raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and, locally, she has been a guest soloist with The Highland Camerata.  She is currently a member of that group. She looks forward to sharing the wonderful world of music with her students.

 

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Jacob Rivenbark- Algebra

Mr. Rivenbark was born in Sumter, South Carolina but grew up in Botetourt, Virginia. He attended Lord Botetourt High School where he graduated in 2014. He attended Emory & Henry College where he was a member of the football team for two years, but due to illness and injuries had his career cut a little short. He graduated in 2018 receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Mr. Rivenbark began his teaching and coaching career at Galax High School in 2018.

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Amanda Bolen

Amanda Griffin Bolen is a native of Carroll County and graduated from CCHS in 1996. She earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Hollins University in 2000. She spent five years in the newspaper business before finding her calling in education. She earned her teaching certificate through the Career Switcher Program in 2007. Ms. Bolen taught sixth and seventh grade English in Floyd County from 2007-2010, before leaving the classroom to be at home with her children Mina and Griffin.  Ms. Bolen now calls Galax home. Since returning to the area in 2014, she has been a part of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts as a juried consignment artist and an instructor. At CCSA, she has enjoyed teaching GCPS students during enrichment classes as part of the 21 st Century Grant program and Intersession. She is excited to return to middle school again as a Special Education Aide at GMS. She started working for GCPS in 2018.  When not working with students, she is busy making handmade jewelry and playing with her kids.

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Dalton Young- Technology Technician

Dalton Young, a native of Fries, Virginia, graduated from Grayson County High School in 2016 and went on to earn his Associate’s Degree in Information Technology with a Specialization in Networking from Wytheville Community College.  With a lifelong interest in technology, Dalton looks forward to a career in technology at Galax City Public Schools, ensuring that technology in the classroom is used to its fullest potential.

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Patrick Butler- English and Military Science

Mr. Butler moved to the Galax area in 2002 after 21 years on active duty in the Air Force. He has quite the varied background: Air Force officer, stay at home dad, small business owner, substitute teacher, and secretary/bookkeeper prior joining the GCHS staff.  His teaching experience, in addition to his four years as a substitute teacher for GCPS, includes three years as an ICBM classified operations trainer/evaluator, three  years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in English, and three years of writing instruction on the community college level.  His daughter graduated GHS in 2018 and attends Bates College in Maine. A Disney buff, Mr. Butler and his wife actually married at Walt Disney World, and they get back there (or Disneyland) whenever possible. 

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Patrick Puckett- Economics and Personal Finance

Mr. Puckett grew up in Laurel Fork, Virginia.  He taught and coached at Floyd County High School and Radford City Schools for nine years before coming to Galax High School.  Mr. Puckett is a graduate of Radford University who has his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, Mr. Puckett teaches Economics and Personal Finance and coaches the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team. Mr. Puckett enjoys spending his free time with his family, hiking, and playing a variety of sports.

 

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Erika Hill

Ms. Hill is a 2009 graduate of Grayson County High School. She then attended Emory & Henry College and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Mathematics as well as a Master's of Education in Professional Studies. Miss Hill has been a middle school math teacher the past 5 years. This includes teaching Math 8 at Patrick County High School and Carroll County Middle School as well as teaching 6th and 7th grade Math at Fries School. She is excited for the opportunity to teach elementary students at GES! She will be one of the 4th grade Math teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. 

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Devon Lineberry-Jennings

Devon Lineberry-Jennings

My name is Ms. Devon Lineberry-Jennings, but I prefer Ms. LJ, since my last names are so long (thanks, parents!) I was born in Galax and raised in Carroll County, but don't worry, I'll be sure to be loyal to the Tide at all future sporting events. I graduated from CCHS, and attended Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where I received by B.A. in English and my license to teach grades 6-12. Previously, I taught 8th grade reading and writing for Henry County Public Schools for two years. As much as I loved my students there, I missed my mountains and my family. I was thrilled to accept a position at GHS as the new 8th grade reading teacher in 2018. I absolutely love to teach, and I want each and every one of my students to succeed. My goal is to make sure that every student enjoys the process of learning, and I hope to bring literature to life and encourage students to engage in the joy of reading. In my spare time, I like to spend time at the river, hike, garden, laugh, read, and wish for snow... because winter is my favorite season! I know this is where I am meant to be, and I am so excited to be HOME! Roll Tide!

 

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Kaylah Surratt

Kaylah Surratt

Kaylah Surratt works as an instructional aide.  She has been employed at GES since 2016.  Kaylah has a BS degree in Health Science from Kaplan University.  She is currently working to obtain her teaching license through UVA Wise. She is married and has 3 children.  "I enjoy helping our students reach their goals and watching them suceed."

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Geycha Lopez

Geycha Lopez

Mrs. Lopez is originally from Puerto Rico and attended Kensington High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she graduated in 1997. Mrs. Lopez has two boys, Jose and Yadir. Mrs. Lopez attended The Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University, and University of Phoenix. Mrs. Lopez graduated from University of Phoenix in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science- Elementary Education. Mrs. Lopez worked at Galax Middle School in 2008 assisting students with limited English. In 2013 she worked as translator at an elementary school in Wilkes Co. where she became a fourth grade teacher the following year. Working at GMS inspired Mrs. Lopez to finish her college education and so she is delighted to be back at Galax City Public Schools.

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Eileen Ruiz

Mrs. Eileen Ruiz was born in Santa Ana, California. She works as an ESL Instructional Aide in Galax Elementary school. She started working for Galax in 2018. Enjoys working with children and hopes to make a difference in their lives. 

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Mrs. Sonia Truitt- Coordinator of Career Development/ELA K-12

Mrs. Truitt is a native of Galax, Virginia and a graduate of Galax High School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Radford University and a Master of Arts in Education from Emory and Henry College where she also obtained certification as a Reading Specialist. Additional coursework at Radford University led to licensure in Educational Leadership and Administration.

 

Mrs. Truitt began her teaching career in Grayson County where she taught elementary school for 6 years.  She later accepted a position with Galax City Public Schools where she served as the Early Intervention Reading teacher and Reading Specialist. In 2011 she became the Assistant Principal at Galax Elementary School and served in that position for 4 years. From 2015-2018, Mrs. Truitt was the Assistant Principal of Galax Middle School, and is now transitioning to the new position of Coordinator of Career Instruction and Coordinator of English/Language Arts K-12.

 

“I am very proud to be part of such a dynamic and innovative school division.  Working within the Galax City Public School system is truly 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, remarkable children. As a team we work hard to provide our students with experiences to communicate effectively, think critically, collaborate, be creative, and become positive and contributing global citizens.  I sincerely enjoy the challenges of education and am passionate about working to continue the success of Galax City Schools.”

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Susan Tilley- Director of Youth Development and Leadership

Susan is delighted to return home to the mountains!  She was born and raised in Marion, Virginia and is a proud Virginia Tech Hokie with a degree in elementary education.  She earned a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Virginia and also completed her endorsement in Administration & Supervision there as well.  

Ms. Tilley comes to Galax City Schools from Newport News Public Schools where she spent 27 years serving in various roles.  She began her career as a middle school English and social studies teacher before becoming a middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal.  She most recently served as the Executive Director of Secondary School Leadership.

Susan shared, “I am unbelievably excited to join the Galax Schools family!  Maroon Tide pride and a tradition of excellence are hallmarks of this exceptional school division.  I look forward to working and learning alongside the students, faculty, families, and community.”

 

 

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Mrs. Ginger Elliott

Mrs. Elliott is an instructional aide at Galax Elementary School.  She previously worked as a preschool teacher for four years at First Methodist Nursery School and First Baptist Preschool of Galax.  She is married and has three daughters that attend Galax City Schools.

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Vikki Simmons

Gwendolyn Simmons (Vikki) was born in Galax, Virginia and lives in Grayson County.  Ms. Simmons was a student of the Fairview Community and Galax High School. 

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Ms. Jessica Farthing  World History

Jessica Farthing started working for GCPS in 2017. She grew up in Chesterfield County, just south of the city of Richmond. She graduated from Meadowbrook High School then continued the family tradition by becoming a Hokie. She attended Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor’s in History with a Minor in Russian Studies. She stayed at the best school in the country to get her  Master’s in Education and Curriculum.

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Mr. Shane Allen  CCEC Middle School

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Miss. Allison Deel - Band Director

Miss Deel currently serves as Band Director of Galax City Public Schools. Before coming to Galax, Miss Deel held the band director position at Graham Middle & High Schools, in Bluefield, and before that held the band director position in Bland County. 

Miss Deel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with Teacher Licensure, from Bluefield College. Her primary instrument is flute. However, she also plays piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, piano, as well as sings.                                                                  

During her time at Bluefield College, she performed in many instrumental ensembles, including the Bluefield College Chamber Ensemble, Bluefield College Concert Band, and Bluefield College Community Orchestra.  She has also performed in the choral ensembles of the non-auditioned choir Bluefield Singers, as well as the auditioned choir Variations.  As a member of Variations, Miss Deel toured Austria, in summer of 2010, and in the summer of 2011, was part of a larger choir who had the privilege of performing the Brahms Requiem at Lincoln Center, in New York. 

Before attending Bluefield College, Miss Deel attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. While there, she marched for one semester with the Liberty University “Spirit of the Mountain” Marching Band, where she played piccolo. 

Miss Deel is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association, and the Virginia Music Educators’ Association.  Miss Deel is a founding member, principal flute player, and secretary of the State Line Wind Symphony, based in Bristol, VA. Miss Deel is also the current secretary for District 7 of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association.

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