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Category:Guidance
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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.

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Mrs. Leah Henck: Member

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Category:School Board
Mrs. Leigh Stuart - Math

Mrs. Stuart mostly grew up in Fayetteville, NC, where she graduated from Pine Forest High School in 1990. She attended college at Methodist College in Fayetteville. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education (Prek-6). Mrs. Stuart worked in the Cumberland County School District as a 3rd grade teacher for one year before moving to Galax to marry Mr. Brian Stuart. 

Mrs. Stuart taught in Carroll County at Oakland Elementary and Woodlawn School as a Title I/ Reading Recovery teacher for three years. She then transferred to the Wythe County Schools to continue teaching Reading Recovery at Max Meadows Elementary for four years. The next ten years, Mrs. Stuart taught 5th grade at Oakland Elementary in the Carroll County School System. In 2013, Mrs. Stuart joined the Galax School system as the 5th grade math teacher at Galax Middle School.  Currently, she teaches math and reading in 4th grade at GES.   

When not in school, Mrs. Stuart enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children: Jacob, Jayson, and Jenna. She also loves to read!

Category:4th Grade
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Mrs. Lora Iroler-Williams - English/Reading

Mrs. Iroler-Williams was raised in the Riverside area of Fries, Virginia. She graduated from the former Fries High School in 1984. Upon graduating she attended Radford University and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Early/Middle Education.

She began her teaching career in Grayson County for two years before coming to Galax Elementary to pilot the Pre-K program. In 1992 she moved to Northern Virginia where she taught Language Arts and Social Studies for three years. Since returning to Galax, she has taught 6th and 7th grade Language Arts at Galax Middle School.

Category:7th Grade
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Mrs. Lynn Justice - Librarian

Category:GHS Library
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Mrs. Lynn Justice - Librarian

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Category:GMS Library
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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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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. 

Category:Co-Teachers
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Mrs. Mary Hines - Custodian

Mary Hines was born in Fredrick, Maryland.  She moved to Virginia as a young girl.  She is married to Charles Randall Hines.  She has two sons, Jonathan Ray and Christopher Lee.  She has five grandchildren.  She has worked as a custodian and in the cafeteria for Galax City Public Schools since 2008.  Mrs. Hines says “I love what I do.  I’ve met a lot of good people.  I’m blessed to be a part of Galax City Public Schools.”

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.


Category:3rd Grade
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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. Melissa Peddy: Member

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Category:School Board
Mrs. Patty Smith - Guidance Secretary

Category:Guidance
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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. Rhonda Hall - Co-Teaching

Mrs. Rhonda Hall grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. She moved to Wytheville in 1973 where she attended George Wythe High School. After graduation in 1978, she worked full time and married in 1980. After she and her husband began their family, she was a stay at home mom for 12 years.

After her son and daughter finished elementary school, she enrolled Wytheville Community College where she earned her associate’s degree. She then attended Radford University and earned her degree in Elementary Education. She began working in Galax City Public Schools in the fall of 1997 and continued her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University in 2000. In 2003, Mrs. Hall achieved National Board Certification in Mild to Moderate Disabilities.

Mrs. Hall works in 6th and 7th grade classes and enjoys working with middle school students and co-teaching with the core subject teachers. She is also a co-sponsor of the Just Say No Club and likes the opportunity to work with the students outside of the classroom.

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Mrs. Sabrina Anders - Social Studies

Mrs. Anders is from Alleghany County, North Carolina.  She graduated from Alleghany High School.  She then went on to Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. 

Mrs. Anders began teaching at Galax Elementary in 2008.  In her years at GES she has taught Pre-Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 4th grade.  

Category:5th Grade
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Mrs. Sara Hanks - Math

Mrs. Hanks is a lifelong resident of Galax and a 2002 graduate of Galax High School.  She has worked in the community as a licensed insurance agent for the past 14 years. She has served as the children’s ministry leader at Mt. Vale Church for the last 8 years.  After having her children, she decided it was time to pursue her dream of being an elementary teacher. She graduated Liberty University in December of 2018, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Her passion is to help young children receive an exciting and strong foundation in their education.  

 

“I want to help students enjoy learning and have a strong foundation to take with them as they move up to the middle school, and go with them throughout their entire life”.

 

Category:4th Grade
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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.”

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