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Instructional Aides: All Listings 

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."


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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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


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. 

Mrs. Melissa Adams


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.

Mrs. Sarah Gallimore

Mrs. Gallimore was born in Wytheville, Virginia and has lived in Galax since she was four years old. She attended Galax City Public Schools and graduated from Galax High School. Mrs. Gallimore attended Radford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is beginning her fortieth year of teaching first grade, and adding her twelve years of school attending Galax City Public Schools gives her a total of fifty two years in this system. 

Mrs. Gallimore and her husband of 36 years, Rick, enjoy gardening, watching Va.Tech football games, and  their Corgi, named “Maggie”.

“I knew I wanted to teach small children when I was a cheerleader at Galax High School and I enjoyed teaching the cheers to the children in the neighborhood.”

“Education has changed so much since I started teaching.  It has truly been and  will continue to be an amazing journey.”