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Ms. Jillian Gravley - Business

Mrs. Gravley grew up in Richlands, VA and graduated from Richlands High School in 2004.

She attended Emory & Henry College and graduated with a B.S. in business administration and Education in 2008.

Later, she attended Radford University and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in 2009.

Mrs. Gravley started teaching at Galax High in 2009 where she teaches business classes for grades 8-12.

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Mrs. Joyelle Edmondson - Business

Joyelle Edmondson grew up in the nearby town of Fries, VA and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2008. She then made her way to Blacksburg and attended Virginia Tech (H-O-K-I-E-S, HOKIES!). While at Virginia Tech she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology, graduating in 2012.

Joyelle began teaching Economics and Personal Finance at Galax High School in August of 2012. She also is the Assistant Varsity Volleyball coach and the JV Soccer coach.

“It is such a blessing to be able to come to school every day and work with so many wonderful students. I am so glad to be able to teach Economics and Personal Finance knowing that what I am teaching is something that they will carry with them throughout their entire life. It is my hope to make a differences in my student’s lives, but what they don’t realize is the difference that they constantly make in mine. :)”

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Mr. Aaron Horton - Agriculture

Aaron Horton was born and raised in Carroll County, Virginia.  He was a 2001 Graduate of Carroll County High School.  Following High School, Aaron studied one year at Wytheville Community College before transferring to Virginia Tech.  Aaron graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences and 2006 with a M.S. in Career and Technical Education with an emphasis in Agriculture Education.  Aaron has been teaching Agriculture Education for 7 years.  He taught one year in Northern Virginia and North Carolina before arriving at Galax High School 5 years ago.  Aaron is beginning his fifth year as a golf coach at Galax.  Aaron is married to Megan Horton who is a Certified Physician Assistant in North Carolina and they share their life with their two dogs Sophie and Lanie.  

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Ms. Dionne Tucker - Government

Ms. Tucker was born in Alexandria, VA but grew up in Galax, VA. She graduated from Galax High School in 1985 and pursued her education by attending Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA where she majored in Political Science and minored in Public Administration. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989.

Dionne began her career in 1992 with Galax City Public Schools as a teacher’s aide at Galax Elementary School with the Title I Reading program. Her teaching career began 8 years ago with US Government and have since taught Humanities, coached cheerleading, and been the yearbook sponsor. She is also the Minority Affairs Club sponsor. Ms. Tucker truly enjoys teaching because it keeps her in touch with today’s youth.

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Mr. George Edmondson- World History II, Economics and Personal Finance

Mr. Edmondson was born in Richmond, VA and grew up in Victoria, VA in the Southside region. He graduated from Central of Lunenburg High School and Southside Virginia Community College in 2008 and pursued his education by attending Virginia Tech where he majored in History and minored in both Leadership and Social Change and Political Science. After graduating in 2012, he attended Liberty University where he received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.

George completed his student teaching at Galax High School with current coworker Kenny Brooms before being hired in 2013 as a Special Education Aide at Galax Elementary. Since then, he has substituted and worked as a Library Aide until being hired as a full-time teacher in 2015. He now teaches World History II, World Geography, and Economics and Personal Finance, as well as, coaches volleyball and soccer, and sponsors National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes 

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Mr. Burnett grew up in Woodlawn, Virginia.  He taught and coached at Patrick County High School for several years before coming to Galax High School.  Currently, Mr. Burnett teaches VA and US History History.  He is a Virginia Tech Hokie, Washington Nationals, and Washington Redskins fan.  Mr. Burnett likes to stay active in the community, church, and sports.  He coaches baseball and girls basketball at GHS.  He and his wife Christy have 3 children, Lance, Laiken, and Laynee.  


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Ms. Samantha Starkey - Chemistry

Ms. Starkey grew up in Marion, Virginia and graduated from Marion Senior High School in 2000. She attended Radford University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2004 in biology with minors in chemistry and forensic science.

Ms. Starkey moved to Galax in 2005 when she began teaching at Galax High School. She has taught biology I and currently teaches chemistry, ecology, and anatomy and physiology. Ms. Starkey also coached JV basketball and JV softball at GHS for several years. She currently coaches the Science MACC team which is the current 2013 Super MACC Champs!!!

Ms. Starkey appreciates every aspect of science and enjoys teaching and spreading her excitement about the subject to the students. Ms. Starkey contributes to the community in which the students live by being a volunteer of Pipers Gap Rescue Squad where she has served for 15 years as an EMT-Intermediate.

Education is a life long journey, not a final destination!!

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Mrs. Babette Nuckolls - Earth Science

 Babette Nuckolls, Earth Science teacher and science department chairperson, attended Galax City Public Schools from the second grade until her graduation from Galax High School in 1982. She attended Lees-McRae College (A.S. Science, '84) and Emory and Henry College (B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education, '87) and received her Masters of Sport Science in Sports Medicine in 1992 from the United States Sports Academy. She taught for the first 17 years of her career in Grayson County, VA before coming home to Galax in 2004. She is married to Clark Nuckolls; they have two sons: Denver, a student in music technology/percussion performance at Virginia Tech  and Evan, still a student in  Galax City Public Schools.

"I really enjoy my job and teaching my "school babies", but more than that I love the fact that my own children have been a part of our very diverse and culturally rich school community. They are learning from a group of talented and creative teachers who are passionate about their profession... what more could a parent hope for?"

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Mr. Dustin Carter - Physics and Engineering

Mr. Carter was born in Galax and graduated from Grayson County High School. Following high school, he attended Emory & Henry College, graduating with a B.S. in Math/Physics. Mr. Carter taught at Grayson County High School for four years.  In the fall of 2013, he accepted a position at Galax High School to teach physics and math.

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Melissa Largen - Physical Science

Melissa Largen graduated from Galax High School.  She attended Virginia Tech where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies.  She also graduated from Radford University with a degree in education. She teaches eighth grade Physical Science.  She loves teaching and is passionate about science. Melissa is married and has three daughters. She spends her summers traveling with her family and taking graduate classes to further her education.  She has instilled a love of traveling in her children. Her oldest daughter spent six months studying abroad in Romania and can’t wait to return.

 

 

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Mrs. Emily Brown - Biology

Emily Brown is a 2005 graduate of Galax High School. She received her Associates degree in Education from Wytheville Community College in 2007 and her Bachelor's degree in biology from Radford University in 2009. Emily is a wife and a mother of two. She teaches biology I and AP biology, and is beginning her fifth year teaching at Galax High School.

Emily is the Student Council Sponsor, Prom Sponsor, and Varsity Cheerleading coach. She also works closely with the Blue Ridge Discovery Center to bring hands on learning to students at GHS. Emily is excited to bring her love of science into the classroom, and hopes others will learn to love biology too!

 

 

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Dr. E.J. Saul - English 12

Dr.Saul was an army brat who grew up all over the United States and in a couple of places that weren’t in the United States. He worked in advertising for a time after college, but decided to pursue a career in education, culminating in a doctorate at the University of Alabama in 1999. He has been working at Galax High School since 2000.

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Mrs. Angela Mankins - English 8

Hi, I’m Angela Mankins. I am a native of Carroll County, although I attended Grayson County High School where I graduated in 1998. I furthered my education at Emory and Henry College with a major in education and a minor in English. In 2002, upon my graduation from Emory, I was hired by the Galax City School district. I began my teaching career twelve years ago with 9th grade and have since taught 12th and 10th grade along with an SAT prep class. I was also privileged to be the cheerleading coach for ten years. I currently teach English 8 and look forward to another exciting, rewarding year in the profession I love so much. Go Tide!

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Mrs. Beth Smith English 9

 

                Mrs. Smith graduated from Carroll County High School in 1989. She began her college career at Wytheville Community College and transferred to Radford University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in English in 1993. She returned to Radford University the following year in order to complete post-graduate studies which would allow her to teach middle school. Her Master’s in Education with endorsement in TESOL was earned from Regent University.

 

            Her teaching career began for Carroll County Public Schools. In her 19 ½ year tenure there, she instructed students in English 8-12. While employed by Carroll County, she sponsored the school newspaper, AASIS, the National Junior Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. She also coached the forensics team. Her next teaching position was at Fort Chiswell High School. Her teaching responsibilities consisted of instruction in English 9-12, yearbook, and forensics. She was named Fort Chiswell High School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. She joins Galax High School this year as the ninth-grade English teacher. 

 

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Mr. David Fant - English 10

Mr. Fant was reared on a farm in Elk Creek, Va. He graduated high school from Virginia Episcopal School. He began his college career at Roanoke College and finished at Radford University in 1992. While teaching he continued graduate level course work in English and in Education at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Mr. Fant began his teaching career at Galax High School in 1998. After teaching at Hanahan High School in Hanahan, S.C. from 2000-2003, he returned to Galax and has been teaching mainly Honors and standard English 10. Other classes taught have included Honors and standard English 11 and English 9 along with Creative Writing, Journalism, and SAT Prep.

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Ms. Charlene Lawson - Calculus

 

Charlene Lawson graduated from Bluefield State College in 1993 with a degree in Middle/Adolescent Education with a specialization in Mathematics.  Prior to obtaining a teaching position, she worked as a secretary, draftsperson, and office manager for two different civil engineering companies and one mechanical engineering company located in or near Richmond, Virginia.  One company even sent her to Belgium for two weeks of company orientation.  Also during this time, she accumulated years of experience through substitute teaching at Tazewell High School and working for an online education provider in Richmond.

 

Her first teaching position was in 1997 at John H. Smyth School, a juvenile correctional facility in Hanover, Virginia.  Although it was a juvenile correctional facility, it functioned under a public school system with a military model.   She taught a variety of male students of diverse nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, and criminal records.  Ms. Lawson taught any mathematical subject from Math 6 through Trigonometry in a true year-round school model, since the students were always in attendance.  She regrettably had to leave this position in 2000 to accompany her husband to Pennsylvania.

 

In Pennsylvania, she resumed working for one of the civil engineering firms who had decided to open an office in Harrisburg until that fall when she was employed by Baltimore County Public Schools at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Maryland.  Ms. Lawson taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, remediation courses, and Applications of Personal Computing.  This position was vastly different due to the proximity to Baltimore, Maryland and the fact that the campus was surrounded by a few fast-food restaurants and a shopping center across the road.  There was a student body diverse in nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, and religions.  Again, she regrettably left this position in 2004 due to a divorce and relocating back to Virginia to be closer to her family.

 

In 2004, Charlene was employed by Galax City Public Schools.  She has taught Algebra I, Algebra 2, Trigonometry/Probability & Statistics, College Precalculus, College Calculus, AP Calculus.  The students in Galax also have diversity in nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds; however, it is in a c

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Mrs. Wendy Dixon - Geometry

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Mrs. Patty Smith - Guidance Secretary

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Officer Vicky Taylor - Resource Officer

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