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Faculty & Staff: All Listings 

Mrs. Donna Jennings

Donna Jennings works as an instructional aide at Galax Elementary School.  She has worked here since 2002. She studied at Wytheville Community College and New River Community College.  She is married and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

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Mrs. Karen Webb

Mrs. Webb is a native of Galax.  She graduated from Galax High School and attended Wytheville Community College.

She has been employed by Galax City Public Schools since 1997.  During this time she has assisted in all grades kindergarten through fourth.  Mrs. Webb feels every day is a new adventure and considers herself blessed for the opportunity to encourage the students to always do their best and treat others with kindness. 

She and her husband Phillip have two daughters and one grandson.

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Mrs. Edith Mar Castillo

Mrs Edith Mar Castillo works as an ESL Instructional aide at Galax Elementary School.  She is excited to join the GES staff and looks forward to helping students learning a new language.

Ms. Jocqulene Poindexter

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Jocqulene Poindexter works as an instructional aide at Galax Elementary School and has worked for Galax City Schools since 2013.  She is also the middle school softball coach. 

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Mrs. Melissa Adams

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Mrs. Melissa Adams began her education at Wytheville Community College.  There she earned her Associates in Early Childhood Education.  She is currently continuing her education at Old Dominion pursuing a degree in General Education.  She has been employed at GES since 2006, and has worked with pre-K through fourth grade students.  She worked in special education for four years and found herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so.  Those children taught her a lot!  She is currently working with the pre-kindergarten department.  This department truly creates the stepping stones needed for their continuing education.  She loves teaching this age!  On a personal note, she is very happily married to her husband, Jimmy.  They have three wonderful children:  Jimmy, Ashley, and Kyle.  They also have three awesome grandchildren:  Jordan, Addison, and Amelia and are expecting their fourth grandchild in July (a boy)!  Mrs. Adams feels that God has definitely placed her with children throughout her life.  She loves working with and teaching children.  She feels so blessed to be a part of the GES family.

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Mrs. Jill Campbell - Grade 8 Writing

Mrs. Jill Campbell

Jill Campbell is a native of Carroll County.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University and continued her education earning a master’s in Education at Old Dominion University.  Mrs. Campbell began her teaching career sixteen years ago in Grayson County. Through the years, she has taught Special Education and English at the middle school level.  She  currently teaches English 8 Writing and coaches volleyball.  

“I look forward to an exciting, rewarding year here at Galax High School”.

 

 

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Ms. Rebecca Montgomery

Rebecca Montgomery grew up in Somerset, Kentucky but has been a resident of Southwest Virginia for the past 23 years. She is married and has two teenage daughters. She is actively involved in her church, First Baptist Church of Independence, where her husband is the pastor. Rebecca and her husband enjoy high school sports and spending time with family.  

Rebecca earned her Bachelors’ degree in Political Science at Eastern Kentucky University in 1991. During her career, she worked as an office manager for two medical clinics and a Human Resource Director for Carrington Place in Wytheville, Virginia. In 2009, she returned to school at Old Dominion University to pursue her passion for teaching, earning her license as a special education teacher. She was employed by Pulaski County Schools for four years teaching at Pulaski Middle School.  She looks forward to teaching students at the elementary level and helping prepare them for the challenges of middle school and beyond.

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Mrs. Chance Lawrence

Chance Lawrence grew up in Elk Creek, Virginia and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2005. She attended Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Special Education and English in 2009. Chance spent the first six years of her career teaching first and third grade in Grayson County. She is very excited to begin a new teaching adventure with Galax City Schools!

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Mrs. Chenoa Montgomery

Mrs. Montgomery is a 2001 graduate from Carroll County High School.  She knew from an early age she wanted to be a teacher. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth College and a Master of Art in Teaching K-8 from Western Governors University.  Before starting her career in education, Mrs. Montgomery had the important job of a stay-at-home mom to her son, Thomas, and daughter, Alexis.  She began her career at Mount Airy Middle School in special education before joining the GES family.

 

“My goal is to make learning fun and put a smile on students’ faces!”

 

Category:3rd Grade
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Ashton Hall

Ashton Hall is a native of Fancy Gap, Virginia. In 2010, she graduated from Wytheville Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

Nurse Hall brings with her five years of nursing experience. Her previous work experience includes three years in the Medical/Surgical Department at Twin County Regional Hospital, one year at Twin County Orthopedics, and one year on the Women’s Health Unit at Twin County Regional Hospital. Her spark in nursing began when she was a preteen. She would often give her Grandfather insulin injections and assist with his meals.

Nurse Hall is family oriented. She enjoys family vacations with her Husband and two sons, reading, and cooking.

Nurse Hall looks forward to working with the students, parents, faculty, and staff at Galax Middle School.

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Mrs. Lynn Justice - Librarian

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Mrs. Lynn Justice - Librarian

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Mrs. Hillary Henry

Hillary Henry is from Roanoke and graduated from Cave Spring High School in 2009. After high school she attended Radford University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014. Right after finishing her education, Hillary began teaching 2nd grade at Galax Elementary in 2014 and has felt truly welcome in the Galax community. She is excited for another school year!

"I believe in life it's important to never stop learning because life never stops teaching!"

Category:2nd Grade
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Ms. Crystal Sessions

Ms. Sessions is originally from Honaker, VA. and graduated from Honaker High, in 1996. She then proceeded to acquire an Associate’s Degree from Southwest VA Community College. After having her daughter, Alyssa, she continued her education at Virginia Intermont where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.

Her teaching career began at Galax Elementary School in 2001. After teaching at Galax for a few years, she continued her education through East Tennessee State University. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Science in 2006.

She moved to Jacksonville, NC in 2008, where she continued to teach and work as a math facilitator amongst several of the schools in Onslow Co. While in Jacksonville, she had a son, Briar.

In 2013, she moved back to Galax, to continue her teaching career.

“I have always had a passion for math. Students don’t always come to my room with a love for math, but my goal is to change that feeling within my students, and to show them all that they can conquer math if they are determined to.”

Category:4th Grade
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Ms. Sabrina Holden

Mrs. Sabrina Key Holden is a first grade teacher at Galax Elementary.  A Galax native, she graduated from Galax High School in 1986 and earned an Associate in Arts and Sciences from Wytheville Community College.  She transferred to Radford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Education.

 

 

She taught second grade for eight years until answering a higher call in 2001 to be a stay-at-home mom.  While enjoying time with her babies, born in 2000 and 2003, Mrs. Holden taught home-bound students for Galax City Public Schools until her daughter Kaitlyn was ready for Kindergarten and Branden was a second grader.  Mrs. Holden returned to GES in 2008 and have taught fabulous first and second graders ever since.

 

Category:1st Grade
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Ms. Kim Hundley

Ms. Hundley is from Hillsville and graduated from Carroll County High school.  After high school she attended Radford University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Social Sciences and Special Education.  She also acquired  her elementary teaching certification for grades K-5.  Afterwards, Ms. Hundley attended Emory and Henry College where she earned her Masters of Art degree in Education with an endorsement as a Reading Specialist for grades K-12.  

 

Ms. Hundley worked in Carroll County for one year as a special education teacher.  She came to Galax Elementary School in 1999 and has since taught Kindergarten, second grade, and third grade.

"I really enjoy serving the Galax community!  I believe we have the best students, parents, and teachers in the country!"

 

Category:2nd Grade
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Ms. Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia and graduated from Atlee High School in 2009. She attended Emory & Henry College where she received her Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, as well as her Master of Education:Professional Studies in 2014. Ms.Jenkins earned endorsements pertaining to Special Education K-12 and English as a Second Language.

Ms. Jenkins moved from Richmond, Virginia when she was hired to teach 1st grade. She began teaching 1st grade at Galax Elementary in 2014, shortly after graduating from Emory & Henry. She is extremely blessed to work with such an incredible team!  “I am so thankful for the community and support that Galax offers. I cannot even begin to put into words how thankful I am to work with such amazing individuals, as well as the students. I am looking forward to another great year!”

Category:1st Grade
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Jill Thompson has been a school counselor since 1995.  She is a graduate of Carroll County High School and Radford University.  She was employed at Carroll County Public Schools from 1995-2001.  She has been employed at Galax City Schools since 2002. 

Category:Guidance
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Mrs. Jan Embree - Civics and Economics

Mrs. Embree has lived in Galax for six years. She is a Nebraska native and lived in Denver, Colorado for 14 years. She is a lifelong learner and educator. She has a degree in Christian Education, Bachelor of Science- Interdisciplinary Studies, PreK-6, and is endorsed in Social Studies 6-12 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is currently pursuing a Masters in History through the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“I am excited to be living in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia and am honored to be a part of Galax City Schools. I am looking forward to sharing my love for our country, our commonwealth, and our great city with the students at Galax Middle School.”

Category:7th Grade
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