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Allison White - Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. White grew up in Galax, VA and is a Galax High School graduate herself (class of 2012). She went on to attend Roanoke College in Salem, VA where she played 4 years of volleyball and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Studies, minoring in both Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Ms. White spent the last 3 years working in Sales and Marketing in Charlotte, NC before returning to her hometown, where she is teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also the Head Coach for Middle School Volleyball. 

Amanda Griffin

Amanda Griffin is a native of Carroll County and graduated from CCHS in 1996. She earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Hollins University in 2000. She spent five years in the newspaper business before finding her calling in education. She earned her teaching certificate through the Career Switcher Program in 2007. Ms. Girffin taught sixth and seventh grade English in Floyd County from 2007-2010, before leaving the classroom to be at home with her children Mina and Griffin.  Ms. Griffin now calls Galax home. Since returning to the area in 2014, she has been a part of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts as a juried consignment artist and an instructor. At CCSA, she has enjoyed teaching GCPS students during enrichment classes as part of the 21 st Century Grant program and Intersession. She is excited to return to middle school again as a Special Education Teacher at GMS/GHS. She started working for GCPS in 2018.  When not working with students, she is busy making handmade jewelry and playing with her kids.


Mrs. Gillespie grew up in Galax and graduated from Galax High School in 2006.  Upon graduation, she attended Roanoke College for one year before transferring to Virginia Tech where she played softball and majored in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010.  While working on her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University, Mrs. Gillespie worked in the Galax School System as a substitute teacher and coach for three years.

Mrs. Gillespie's teaching career began as a fourth grade teacher at Hillsville Elementary School in 2014 where she stayed for five years. She presently teaches fifth grade Science at Galax Middle School.

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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.


Brenda Whitaker

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

Brian Stuart - Galax High School Assistant Principal

Mr. Stuart attended Carroll County High School.  Following high school, Mr. Stuart graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, with a degree in Business Administration.  He then went on to receive his Teaching Certification for grades 5-8 from Radford University and his Earth Science endorsement from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  He since completed his Master of Arts in Education, his concentration being Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Mr. Stuart returned to the area after his schooling where he taught Earth Science at Galax High School from 1995-2004. He was also coached football, basketball, and softball during his time at GHS.  Following his teaching at GHS, Mr. Stuart went to Carroll County High School where he served as Assistant Principal for two years.  He returned to the Galax City Public School system in 2006-2015 as Principal as Galax Elementary School.  He is now in his 4th year as assistant principal at Galax High School.

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.


Carrie Davis - Galax Elementary Assistant Principal

Carrie Davis’s love for education and children started at a young age as she came from a large family.  She has been a mom to many foster children and later had the privilege of adopting one of those. She is a mom of six children and loves her busy life with them.


Mrs. Davis mostly grew up in Pulaski County, Virginia but later relocated to Bluefield, Virginia where she graduated from Graham High School.  Mrs. Davis received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Milligan College located in the mountains of Tennessee. She got her first teaching position in Lincoln, Illinois where she was the administrator and teacher of a private PreK.  After being homesick Mrs. Davis and her family came back home to Virginia where she began teaching in Carroll County for 13 years. She taught most of those years in Kindergarten but also taught in 2nd and 3rd grade.


In 2019 Mrs. Davis completed her graduate work with Radford University in Educational Leadership.  Her vision is “We Are All in This Together” because she feels school, home and community are all integral parts of each student’s life.  She is very enthusiastic about joining Galax Elementary School as Assistant Principal and to be a part of the TIDE community!




Coach Lipes grew up in Covington, Virginia where he graduated from Covington High School in 2012. He continued his education at Lynchburg College, where he graduated with his degree in Health and Physical Education. While at Lynchburg, he also played basketball for four years, winning the ODAC conference championship and setting the school record for wins in a season. After graduation, he began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at his Alma mater while obtaining his Masters degree in Educational Leadership(K-12). 

Coach Lipes will be teaching 9th Grade Health and Physical Education along with Advanced PE.

Dalton Young- Technology Technician

Dalton Young, a native of Fries, Virginia, graduated from Grayson County High School in 2016 and went on to earn his Associate’s Degree in Information Technology with a Specialization in Networking from Wytheville Community College.  With a lifelong interest in technology, Dalton looks forward to a career in technology at Galax City Public Schools, ensuring that technology in the classroom is used to its fullest potential.

Devon Lineberry-Jennings

Devon Lineberry-Jennings

My name is Ms. Devon Lineberry-Jennings, but I prefer Ms. LJ, since my last names are so long (thanks, parents!) I was born in Galax and raised in Carroll County, but don't worry, I'll be sure to be loyal to the Tide at all future sporting events. I graduated from CCHS, and attended Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where I received by B.A. in English and my license to teach grades 6-12. Previously, I taught 8th grade reading and writing for Henry County Public Schools for two years. As much as I loved my students there, I missed my mountains and my family. I was thrilled to accept a position at GHS as the new 8th grade reading teacher in 2018. I absolutely love to teach, and I want each and every one of my students to succeed. My goal is to make sure that every student enjoys the process of learning, and I hope to bring literature to life and encourage students to engage in the joy of reading. In my spare time, I like to spend time at the river, hike, garden, laugh, read, and wish for snow... because winter is my favorite season! I know this is where I am meant to be, and I am so excited to be HOME! Roll Tide!


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.


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.

Dr. Frances Turpin - Director of Student Services

Dr. Turpin is from Buchanan County, Virginia where she graduated from Whitewood High School in 1977. She attended UVA Wise and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Secondary Education in 1993. Dr. Turpin then continued her graduate studies at Radford University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychology in 1995 and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology in 1996. In 2004, Dr. Turpin was accepted into the Educational Leadership Program at Virginia Tech, and graduated with at Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education in 2009.

Dr. Turpin began her educational career as a school psychologist in Surry County, North Carolina after her graduation from Radford University. Since that time, she has worked as a school psychologist in various school divisions in the region, including Pulaski County, Henry County, Montgomery County, Grayson County, and Galax City Schools. In 2010 she began serving Galax City Schools as the Director Student Services and Special Education.



Dr. James Adams: Vice-chairman

Category:School Board

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. Guynn 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.

Galax Elementary School

Mrs. Michelle Garvey, Principal

225 Academy Drive, , , 24333

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