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Mrs. Phillis Kirby - Secretary

Mrs. Kirby grew up in the Galax area and graduated from Carroll County High School. She began working in Carroll County Schools and in Galax Schools as a substitute teacher. She then became an aide in the library at Galax High School and is now a secretary at Galax Elementary School.

She and her husband, Duane, have one daughter, AJ, and a miniature Schnauzer named Lucy Annabelle.

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Mrs. Cynthia Reynolds - School Nurse

Cynthia Reynolds was born in Jackson, Tennessee but was raised in Galax and is proud to be a product of Galax City Public Schools. She has a B.S. in Social Science from Union University, and B.S in Nursing from The University of Tennessee, Memphis.   Mrs. Reynolds worked in a variety of nursing jobs for 10 years before returning to school. She received a Masters degree in Nursing from VCU and was a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Galax area for 12 years. She is in her second year as the nurse at Galax Elementary School and is excited to care for, and promote health and wellness for GES students. Mrs. Reynolds enjoys spending time with her children and granddaughter, camping, hiking and kayaking with her husband, and cheering on the Galax Maroon Tide!

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Mrs. Lynne Barker

Mrs. Barker is a native of Galax, having graduated from Galax High School in 1983. Mrs. Barker attended Radford University, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a strong emphasis in Early Childhood Development.  To fulfill what she believes to be her true calling of becoming a teacher, Mrs. Barker received her Provisional license in 2015 completing the required classes and passing all competency exams in 2016. Mrs. Barker is excited to begin teaching in the 2017-18 school year. 

After working nearly 13 years as a Social Worker for Carroll County Department of Social Services, Mrs. Barker began working at Galax City Public Schools as a substitute teacher in 2005. She was hired full time in 2008 as the Migrant Aide at Galax Elementary. Beginning in 2011, Mrs. Barker was reassigned to PreK and has remained an Instructional Aide.

Mrs. Barker can hardly wait until spring each year. She loves watching children learn throughout the entire year, then bloom with knowledge in the spring. It is truly her favorite time of the year!

Mrs. Barker is married to Keith and Mom to Ryan and Sydney. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking/ running on the New River trail, vacationing at the beach and recently going tandem sky diving!

Category:2nd Grade
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Mrs. Mary Plant

Mrs. Plant was born and raised in Galax.  She attended Carroll County Public Schools and graduated from Carroll County High School in 1999. She went on to study at Emory and Henry College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary English (Elementary Education) in 2003. Mrs. Plant began her teaching career with Galax City Public Schools that same year. She taught 2nd grade for ten years and transitioned to 3rd grade in 2013. She has a passion for teaching and making learning fun for all of her students.


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Ms. April Gunn

Ms. Gunn is from Hillsville and graduated from Carroll County High School. Upon graduation, she attended James Madison University and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (with a minor in Educational Technology) and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She graduated in 2013 and this will be her first year of teaching. She is excited to join the staff of Galax Elementary and looking forward to a great year in 3rd grade!

Category:3rd Grade
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Martha Bartlett was raised in Carroll County, attended the former Vaughan School and graduated from the former Fries High School.  She began her work with Galax City Schools in 2003 as a substitute teacher, moved to the high school as the In School Suspension aide and was transferred in 2010 to the Cooperative Center for Exceptional Children and works as a paraprofessional. 

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Mr. Jeff Combs - Instructional Aide

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Mrs. Stacey Morgan - English

Mrs. Morgan grew up in Danville, Virginia where she graduated from George Washington High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Averett University and later received her Special Education teaching certification from Old Dominion University.

Mrs. Morgan has taught adaptive education in Galax City Public Schools since 2007. She has two children, Skylar and Coleman.

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Mr. Mark Dixon - APEX

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Mr. Kim Gillespie - Health and PE

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Mrs. Jamie Dotson - Health and PE

Jamie Dotson grew up in Summers County, WV and graduated from Summers County High School in 2002.  Always interested in athletics, she was a part of the Summers County Lady Bobcats Basketball program and a member of the 2000 WV AA State Championship team.  Mrs. Dotson finished her college education at West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA degree in Health and Physical Education.  In 2006, she began working at GHS as a Health/ PE teacher as well as the varsity girls’ basketball coach. She remained the head coach for four years and continues to be a part of the program as the assistant coach. Mrs. Dotson continues to teach Health and Physical Education to 8th and 9th grade, Driver’s Education/ PE to 10th grade, and Women’s Fitness to 11th and 12th grade girls.

In addition to being a GCPS employee, Mrs. Dotson instructs spin class at the Galax Recreation Department. Her time is spent mostly being a mother to her son, Kolton, who attends Galax Middle School, and be physically active as much as possible.

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Mr. Jarrod Wilson - Art

Mr. Wilson is a native of Galax and a graduate of the 1993 class of Galax High School. After high school he attended Surry Community College in Dobson, NC, earning an Associate in Arts, in Pre-Liberal Arts Studies. After attending SCC, he matriculated to Radford University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a Two-Dimensional concentration in 1999. He is presently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in watercolor at Radford University. The MFA in watercolor is a rare degree offered by few colleges and universities in the United States. He is currently studying under the tutelage of the internationally recognized watercolorist, Professor Z.L. Feng.

Mr. Wilson began his teaching career at Galax Elementary School in February of the 2001-2002 academic year. In the fall of 2011 Mr. Wilson moved to Galax High School to take over the art position vacated by the long-time GHS art teacher, Debbie Adams. (Mrs. Adams was Jarrod Wilson’s high school art teacher.)

Mr. Wilson paints in Realism and Photo Realism. His primary subject matter today is the American automobile; however, on occasion he still does portraiture, working in watercolor, oil, graphite, and pen and ink. Examples of his portraiture in oil are installed in the permanent collection at Lee University, Cleveland, TN, and at the Lovell R. Cary Ministry Resources Building in Manila, the Philippines. He is also a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and the fraternal honor society, Phi Kappa Phi.

“I feel blessed to be teaching in a school system that values the arts, with supportive administration, and excellent fellow faculty members in all disciplines.”

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Ms. Elizabeth Stringer - ESL

Elizabeth Stringer grew up in Galax, VA.  She graduated from Carroll County High School in 1996.  She attended Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA where she earned a BA with a double major in Spanish and Sociology.  While attending Bridgewater College, Ms. Stringer had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain.  She returned to the United States after a year abroad with a renewed appreciation for Spanish culture and language.  Wanting to use her Spanish skills to help her community, she began teaching ESL at Galax High School where she fell in love with her job.  (One of Ms. Stringer's secrets is that she never wanted to be a teacher!  She really wanted to be an anthropologist, but now she cannot imagine doing anything else but teaching!)  Eventually Ms. Stringer wanted to focus more on education, so she returned to school and earned her MA degree in Education with a focus on Reading and Language instruction.  Ms. Stringer is now in her 14th year of teaching ESL at Galax High School.  She often serves as a teacher trainer around the state to help teachers with strategies for teaching ELL students.  She is proud to be an advocate for the Hispanic community, and continues to be impressed with the diversity that defines Galax High School.

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Mr. James Kohl is a graduate of Galax High School. He has had the privilege to spend time abroad in many Spanish speaking countries including Spain, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.  Mr. Kohl is very excited to be starting a new school year here at GHS.

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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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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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