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Mrs. Sena Parks - Business Information

Mrs. Sena Parks has lived in Galax all of her life, she is a 1992 graduate of Galax High School.  She is married with 2 wonderful daughters.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Radford University in 1996. She worked in sales and marketing for 10 years before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2007. She then began teaching in the Grayson County School System in 2010, while teaching and working in technology there she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology for Liberty University in 2017. Mrs. Parks loves teaching Business and Technology to all grade levels and is very happy to be doing so back “home” at Galax High School. 

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Mrs. Sena Parks

Mrs. Sena Parks has lived in Galax all of her life, she is a 1992 graduate of Galax High School.  She is married with 2 wonderful daughters.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Radford University in 1996. She worked in sales and marketing for 10 years before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2007. She then began teaching in the Grayson County School System in 2010, while teaching and working in technology there she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology for Liberty University in 2017. Mrs. Parks loves teaching Business and Technology to all grade levels and is very happy to be doing so back “home” at Galax High School. 

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Mrs. Shelia Ramey - Science

Mrs. Ramey grew up in the Galax area and graduated from Carroll County High School in 1992. She continued her education at Wytheville Community College for one year before transferring to Bluefield College. She earned a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bluefield College in 1995. Since beginning her teaching career she has completed additional coursework at Wytheville Community College, Radford University, University of Virginia, and Mary Washington University.

Mrs. Ramey began her teaching career at Galax Middle School in 1996. She has taught 8th grade Physical Science, 7th grade Life Science, and one year of sixth grade science. In addition to teaching Life Science daily, Mrs. Ramey teaches a Career Focus class to 7th grade students. Mrs. Ramey is also the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society Adviser.

“I truly enjoy teaching middle school students…there’s never a dull moment and always lots of entertainment! Seventh grade is a wonderful year for students. We learn about so many interesting topics. It’s also fun to see the world outside of the classroom with our students. Seventh graders participate in many ‘adventures’ throughout the year. I enjoy getting to know each of my students during the school year and also continuing to watch them grow and celebrate their accomplishments for years to come!”

Category:7th Grade
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Mrs. Sherry Lumpkin

Mrs. Lumpkin grew up in Pulaski County and graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1985.  Her undergraduate work is through Radford University and she has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education.  She also did her graduate work at Radford University and graduated with a Master's degree in Elementary Education in 1992. 

Mrs. Lumpkin taught PreK-5th grade Music for 1 year in Dinwiddie County, VA, Kindergarten for 9 years in Wythe County before coming to Galax in 2003. Since coming to Galax she has taught PreK 1 year, Kindergarten and looped 1 year to First Grade.  She has taught 23 years.

Mrs. Lumpkin and her husband Trace moved to Galax from Pulaski in 2003. Trace is the Aquatics Director for the Recreation Department. They have 2 children. Austin graduated from GHS this year and Savanna is a 10th grader at Galax High School. When not during school hours Mrs. Lumpkin spends her time as a taxi driver and cheerleader to her kids and the activities they participate in.  She loves to scrapbook traditionally and digitally, play the piano and read numerous blogs trying to find ways to make her instruction for fun for her students.

Category:Kindergarten
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Mrs. Susan Hoch

Mrs. Hoch grew up right here in Galax, and graduated from Galax High School. After graduation, she attended Surry Community College for one year, and then transferred to Penn View Bible College in Pennsylvania for another year of general studies.   After studying in Pennsylvania for a year, Mrs. Hoch returned to Galax and began working. She worked in the banking industry for 6 years, which was followed up by 6 years in the medical field.   While working in the medical field, she attended college and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lees-McRae College in May 2006. In 2009, Mrs. Hoch began work on her master’s degree, graduating from Radford University in May 2012 with a master’s degree in literacy education.

Mrs. Hoch began her teaching career at Galax Elementary School as a third grade teacher. She taught 3rd grade for 5 years, and dearly loved teaching her 3rd graders. In 2011, Mrs. Hoch accepted the position of Reading Specialist at Galax Elementary School and is currently serving in that capacity.

“I have always had a passion for reading, and helping struggling readers overcome their difficulties is so rewarding. Working to continually improve our reading instruction, as well as working with struggling readers, is a dream come true.”

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Mrs. Susanne Wilson

Mrs. Wilson  is from Galax, Virginia and graduated from Grayson County High School in 1989. She attended Radford University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She completed her Master's degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University. Mrs. Wilson began her teaching career in Grayson County where she taught for seven years. She began her career at Galax Elementary School in 2000. She has taught kindergarten, second-grade, computer technology, special education, and third-grade.

 

She also loves spending time with her own family. She shares her home with her husband, a son, a daughter, and a cat. J Spending time with her family outdoors on the lake, by the river, or by the ocean is her favorite pastime.

 

 She looks forward to another wonderful year of teaching students and making her classroom into a “family” of learners.

 

Category:3rd Grade
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Mrs. Tabetha McCreary

Mrs. McCreary grew up in Carroll County and graduated from Carroll County High School in 1992. She attended Emory and Henry College and earned a B. A. in Geography.

Mrs. McCreary began her educational career as an aide at Galax Middle School, during this time she worked to achieve her Special Education Teaching License from Old Dominion University. She taught at Patrick County High School for two years before returning to Galax Middle School.

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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.”

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Mrs. Tiffany Norman - Bookkeeper

Mrs. Norman was born and raised here in Galax, VA. She graduated from Galax High School in 2013. She then attended Wytheville Community College obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Administrative Support Technology. In 2014, she married to her husband, Jody. After getting married, they adopted a dog, which they named Maggie.

Mrs. Norman began work as bookkeeper/secretary at Galax Elementary School in 2015.

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Mrs. Wendy Belcher

Mrs. Belcher grew up in Pulaski County Va. and graduated from Pulaski County High School. She is married and has 6 children between the ages of 13 and 7. She is active in her church, Cornerstone Community Church in Galax. She and her husband enjoy all the various sports and school activities her children are involved in including football, softball, basketball, wrestling, track, and band.

Mrs. Belcher received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master’s in Education through a dual licensure program at Radford University. Mrs. Belcher began her teaching career at Galax Elementary in 2009 as the pre-school special education teacher.

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Mrs. Wendy Dixon - Geometry

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Ms.  Erin Creed - Art

Erin Creed grew up in the Baywood community of Grayson County and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2003. Ms. Creed graduated from Radford University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. She then went on to teach elementary art for Grayson County Public Schools from 2008-2010. In 2012, she graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development. After several years of working in the Mental Health field, Ms. Creed is excited to be returning to teaching! In her spare time, she enjoys photography, ceramics, painting, playing the bass fiddle, and traveling.

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Ms. Alicia Warf - Library

Mrs. Warf grew up in Galax and graduated from Galax High School in 2001. She studied elementary education at Radford University and graduated with a bachelors degree in 2005. She then came back to Galax and got a job teaching 3rd grade at Galax Elementary School. She taught 3rd grade for 5 years while working on her masters degree from Old Dominion University. In 2009, she received a masters degree in Library Media Studies. Mrs. Warf has been the librarian at Galax Elementary school since 2010.

"I love teaching! Children bring a smile to my face every single day. What other job can say they are guaranteed a smile everyday? I am very lucky to have gotten a job a love in back in my hometown."

 

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Ms. Alyssa Wingate

Ms. Wingate grew up in Independence and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2010. Following high school she attended Emory & Henry College where she majored in Education and was a member of the tennis team. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work while at Emory and graduated with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education in 2014. Miss Wingate then taught Kindergarten in Fries, VA before beginning in Kindergarten at Galax in 2015.

 

Category:Kindergarten
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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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Ms. Carrie Cole - Teacher of Blind and Vision Impairments/Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ms. Cole grew up in Galax, Virginia and graduated from Galax High School in 1997.  She attended Radford University and got her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2000.  She was hired as a teacher of the blind and vision impaired at a regional level in 2000, and got certification from the University of Louisville.  

Ms. Cole was hired by Galax City Schools in 2007 as the teacher of the blind and vision impaired. In 2009, she returned to Radford University for her endorsement in Deaf education, which was completed in 2010.  She is currently taking classes through Gallaudet University in American Sign Language.

"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done." Helen Keller

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Ms. Chantel Fulton - Resource

Ms. Fulton grew up in Galax, VA and graduated from Carroll County High School in 2005. She attended Radford University for both her Bachelor of Science degree in social science (2008) and her Masters of Science degree in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 (2011). She is licensed to teach Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 and History and Social Sciences: 6-12.

Ms. Fulton takes pride that she has always lived in Galax. She enjoys hiking, tent camping, and Geocaching with her family. During the summer of 2019, Ms. Fulton and her family visited all of the Virginia State Parks and also hiked the Virginia Triple Crown! She is actively involved as a leader in Cub Scout Pack 834 and Scouts BSA Troop 834.

She has worked for Galax City Schools since 2014. Ms. Fulton is looking forward to working with your child! Feel free to contact her anytime at chantelfulton@galaxschools.us

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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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Ms. Deborah Davis

Mrs. Davis was born and raised in Galax, Virginia and graduated from Galax High School. She then proceeded to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Hollins College. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on reading from Virginia Tech. Upon completion of this degree she received her added designation as a reading specialist. She has also completed graduate work in American History through the University of Virginia, Emory and Henry College, and William and Mary.

Mrs. Davis began her teaching career in the Carroll County Public School System. After teaching at Carroll County Intermediate School for 4 years, she came back to the Galax City Public School System as a teacher. Since starting in Galax City Public Schools in 2000 she has taught a variety of grades spending most of her time in the 4th grade. Mrs. Davis’s particular area of interest is Virginia History. She has participated in teacher institutes at Jamestown/Yorktown, Montpelier, the Virginia Historical Society, Stratford Hall, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Library of Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia Historical Society, the National Conference of History Educators, the Organization of American History, the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, and the Southern Association for Women Historians.

Mrs. Davis is also a member of the international teaching organizations of Alpha Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma. These organizations recognize outstanding women educators. Mrs. Davis has served in a variety of leadership roles for both of these organizations.

Category:4th Grade
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