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Faculty & Staff: All Listings 

Mrs. Brooks Edwards

Mrs. Edwards, a Galax native, graduated from Galax City Public Schoo​ls ​and Emory and Henry College, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary English.  She taught pre-school, first grade, and second grade before joining fourth grade​.

She and her husband Kevin, have three children, Peyton, Emily, and Clay.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading.  

Category:4th Grade
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Dorie Nichols

Dorie is the wife to David “Davey” Nichols, Jr. and the mother to Sierra and Morgan Nichols.  She is a 1995 graduate of Galax High School.  She was born, raised, and currently lives in Galax, VA.  She enjoys getting to serve all the children that attend Galax Elementary School.  She enjoys participating in community theater and watching her children swim.

 

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Carri Ramey

Carri has lived in this area her whole life.  She is married and has a son.  She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

 

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Brandi Weatherman

Brandi is the mother of two awesome kids.  She loves seeing all the sweet faces at GES everyday.  If her family has spare time, they like to be outdoors playing with their dogs and horses and they love spending time at the river.  Brandi has lived here all of her life and she cannot think of a better place to raise her kids.

 

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Mrs. Dawn Leake - Math

Mrs. Dawn Leake

Dawn Leake is our 5th grade math teacher at Galax Middle School.  She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Atherton High School in 1978.  Mrs. Leake attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an endorsement in grades 4 through 8.

Prior to coming to Galax, Mrs. Leake taught 5th grade in Lynchburg, VA, for twelve years before she and her husband relocated to Troutdale, VA.  She taught sixteen years in Grayson County as a 6th grade math teacher until coming to GMS in 2016.   Teaching fifth graders, she’s back where her educational journey began 29 years ago.

Mrs. Leake says, “My goal is to make math easy.  Every student is unique and as a teacher I need to make math as fun and easy for them, so that they can understand and be successful.”

 

Category:5th Grade
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Mr. Howard Mayo

Coach Mayo is originally from Chesterfield i, Virginia and graduated from Lloyd C. Bird High School in 1983. He continued his education at Bluefield College where he received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Social Studies in 1988.He play basketball for 4 years .  He has taught and coach at Carroll Co High School, Amelia Co High School, Starmount High School (NC) and Mt Airy, NC . Coach Mayo is married to Deborah Easter Mayo and has three children Alex, Abby, and Adam  and they reside in Fancy Gap, VA

 Coach Mayo is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Girls Basketball Coach at Galax High School. Coach Mayo is looking forward to working with students from both the high school and middle school 

Category:GMS Specialty
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Mrs. Sena Parks

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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Ms. Draper grew up in Farmville, Virginia, where she attended and graduated from Prince Edward County Public Schools. After high school, she attended Sweet Briar College for five years where she received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Environmental Studies and a Master's degree in K-6 Elementary Education with a concentration in K-12 Special Education. 
 
She began her teaching career at Prince Edward County Elementary School in Farmville, Virginia where she taught for four years. She taught Second Grade Inclusion, K-2 Self-Contained Special Education and was the Lead Special Education teacher for the elementary school during the 2015-16 school year. 
 
During the summer of 2016, Ms. Draper moved to Woodlawn, Virginia and accepted a teaching job at Galax Elementary School. She is very excited to work with Galax students and staff during the upcoming school year!

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Ms. Megan Boyer

Mrs. Megan Boyer graduated from Grayson County High School in 2004. After high school, Mrs. Boyer attended Radford University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008. Mrs. Boyer has taught kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grades in Grayson County. In 2015, Mrs. Boyer completed her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision at Regent University. Mrs. Boyer is excited to begin her journey with Galax City Public Schools teaching 2nd grade.

Category:2nd Grade
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Ms. Stephany Perez

Ms. Stephany Perez was born in New York but was raised in Virginia. She graduated from Carroll County High School in 2011 and went on to Wytheville Community College to receive her Associates in Education and then transferred to Radford University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Special Ed and English. After graduating from Radford in December of 2015, she began working as an ESL aide at Gladeville Elementary School. Ms. Perez is excited to start her journey as a Kindergarten teacher at Galax Elementary school.  

Category:Kindergarten
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Ms. Leigh Ann Brenegar

Leigh Ann Brinegar has lived in Galax her whole life.  She loves the area and enjoys working at the school.  She has a daughter to whom she devotes her spare time.

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Ms. Whitney Stewart

Mrs. Stewart is from Galax, Virginia and graduated in 2005 from Carroll County High School. She attended Radford University where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in math and English in 2009. Mrs. Stewart taught Head Start preschool for six years before joining Galax City Public Schools in 2015.

Category:2nd Grade
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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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Ramona Carico

Ramona has been married to her husband Keith for 26 years.  They have one daughter (Kasey) who attends Galax High School.  Ramona loves farming, gardening, and being in the outdoors.

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Brenda Whitaker

Brenda has been married for 48 years.  She and her husband have three children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Michaele Leagan - Cafeteria Manager

Michaele is originally from Washington State.  She moved to Galax in 1991.  She and her husband raised two children who both graduated from Galax High School.  They now have three grandchildren.  "My life is all about kids and family".

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Ms. Jamie Boyles

Jamie Boyles grew up in Galax, VA. and graduated from Carroll County High School. After high school, she worked as a sewing machine operator for a few years before continuing her education at New River Community College. In 2000 she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and began her career as an instructional aide at Baywood Elementary, in Grayson County. In 2004 she came to work at Galax Elementary as a Pre-K aide. She then worked in Kindergarten for 7 years, and is now currently aiding and assisting in all grade levels and works primarily with children in reading and math groups.

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Mrs. Larkin Conley

Larkin Conley grew up in Lynchburg, VA. She received a B.S. in Secondary Education (English) from Radford University and attended Lynchburg College for post-graduate studies. In addition, she is a Graduate and Graduate Assistant of The Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations and has served as a motivational speaker for several Mary Kay events. She has over 20 years of classroom instruction experience. It began with 2 years at her alma mater, E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, followed by 10 years as a teacher/curriculum director for a private preschool in Forest. After 12 years of teaching, her family moved to Floyd where Larkin decided to become an Instructional Assistant so she could spend more time with her 2 very active sons and get involved in her new community. That decision led to 4 years in Special Education Preschool, followed by 3 years as a 1-on-1 aide to a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader at Floyd Elementary School and chairman of numerous Floyd County committees. In August 2013, Larkin’s family moved to Galax and she commuted until March 2014 when she accepted a position at GES as a Pre-K Special Education Assistant. Through the years, she has independently attended several workshops and training related to students’ needs.

“I am passionate about helping students of all ages reach and perform at their fullest potential. I believe that what children experience during their early years affects their later success or failure in school, work, and personal lives.”

Larkin lives with her husband, Steve. They have 2 grown sons, Cole and Clif.

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Ms. Mary Blackburn

Mary Blackburn grew up in Ashe County, NC.  She graduated from high school in 2003.  She married her husband Christopher in 2004. They have one son together.  Mary received her paraprofessional certificate and began working as an aide in Grayson County, VA, where she was employed for 5 years. She started working for Galax in 2013. Outside of working with children Mary enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her family.

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Mrs. Terri Short

Mrs. Short is originally from Paynesville, WV. She moved to NC in 1985 and now resides in Lowgap. She graduated from Surry Community College in Dobson, NC in 2002 with an Associate of Arts Degree. She is married to Richard and has a daughter, two sons, and two grandsons. She has worked at Galax Elementary School as an instructional aide since 2004.

“I love the Galax area and the children who attend school here. The children teach me something new each day! I am honored to be a part of their early education and strive to help them achieve their goals and become strong, independent leaders of tomorrow.”

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