Galax Elementary School... 06/15/18
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GMS Update 06/15/18
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Mr. Derrick Spence- Director of Testing/CTE/Technology

Mr. Spence, a native of Hillsville, Virginia, graduated from Carroll County High School and went on to study Music Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  After graduating with his Bachelor’s from ASU, he studied Educational Leadership at Radford University were he received a Master’s of Science. Mr. Spence is currently completing work in the Virginia Tech Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership.

Before coming to Galax, Mr. Spence worked in the Wythe County School System as band director of George Wythe High School for seven years.  During that time, he also served as administrative assistant at Scott Memorial Middle School in Wytheville.

“I enjoy working with kids, their parents, and teachers.  And I enjoy watching kids grow up and helping them learn how to make good decisions.  I wanted to make a positive contribution to the community in which I live, this is why I came to Galax;” said Spence.

Spence served as GHS assistant principal for 1 year, GMS assistant principal for 5 years, GMS principal for 3 years, and is currently the division director of testing/cte/technology.



Mrs. Emily Boyles - Principal Galax Elementary

Emily Boyles began her teaching career at Galax High School in 2007. She taught Spanish at GHS for 8 years before obtaining the job of Assistant Principal at Galax Elementary School in 2015. During her time in the classroom, Mrs. Boyles coached various sports and helped with many extracurricular activities. She is proud to have served as the chairwoman for the Balanced Calendar Committee which led to the implementation of an innovative school calendar for the school division. Mrs. Boyles served as Assistant Principal at GES for three years under the leadership of Dr. Legg and is excited to become the new Principal for the coming school year. She graduated from Emory and Henry College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Education. In 2011, she graduated with a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision from Liberty University. Mrs. Boyles is currently completing work in the Virginia Tech Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership. She also serves as a board member on the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals and enjoys advocating for the students of Southwest Virginia. She is married to Brandon Boyles and they have two children, Connor (age 6) and Caroline (age 2). Mrs. Boyles says, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as Principal of Galax Elementary School. I feel so lucky to work in an innovative school division with so much support from the City Council and School Board. Galax City Public Schools has the best faculty and staff who always put students first and do whatever it takes to make all students successful. Our students are amazing kids who work hard and put a smile on my face every single day. I cannot imagine myself serving students anywhere else. Galax is my home and this school is my family."

Mrs. Kristen Quesenberry, Assistant Principal Galax Elementary

Hello!  I extend to you a warm welcome to Galax Elementary School where our vision is, “My best for our success!”.  I would like to introduce myself, offer my background in education, and express my commitment to this district.  I am Kristen Quesenberry, Assistant Principal at GES. Native to Carroll County, I maintain a rich appreciation for this area including its history, its mountainous landscape and natural beauty, and the genuine people who reside in this community!  It is no mistake that my husband and I chose to raise our two children right here and we will forever call this place “home”.

I am a 1998 graduate of Carroll County High School and attended Emory & Henry College where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2001.  Upon graduation, I pursued a career in education with endorsements in Business Education and Mathematics. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and sharing my love for mathematics with the students of Carroll County High for thirteen years.  During this time and in consideration of my commitment to being a lifelong learner, I further explored education and the area of mathematics at the University of Virginia and in 2009, I graduated with a Master of Education and a K-8 Mathematics Specialist endorsement.  Then in 2014, I graduated from Radford University with a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and it was at that time that I transitioned from classroom teacher to Assistant Principal at Carroll County High School.

I am more than excited to join Galax City Public Schools this year!  I find so much truth to, “It takes a village to raise a child” and I look forward to partnering with Mrs. Boyles, GES faculty and staff, the Galax community, as well as the students and families of GES to support our youth along their educational journey.  My focus and commitment is to provide GCPS with leadership that (1) promotes a safe and orderly environment conducive for learning, (2) partners with community members and organizations to enhance the educational experience for all, and (3) offers consistency in making fair, legal, and ethical decisions that supports students and teachers in reaching academic and professional goals.

Mr. Justin Iroler, Principal Galax Middle

Justin Iroler is a Carroll County native graduating from Carroll County High School in 1996.  He received a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Emory and Henry College in 2000 and began his teaching career at Oakland Elementary School. During his tenure at Oakland Elementary School, Mr. Iroler graduated from Radford University earning his Master's of Science in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Radford University in 2005.  After serving the community of Oakland for five years, Mr. Iroler was named the Assistant Principal of Galax Middle School in 2005. He served GMS for five years and was named the Assistant Principal at Galax High School in 2010 and was named Principal of Galax High School in May 2013. He served GHS as Principal for five years and was recently named Principal of Galax Middle School on June 12, 2018.        


Mr. Iroler shared, “I am very excited and thankful to be returning to Galax Middle School after serving Galax High School for the past eight  years. Student success only derives from a community working together for a common purpose, “the success of all students.” I have always lived by the motto, “You get what you put in” and Galax students, day in and day out, put in the time and effort to make our school system a school community we can all be proud of; and for this, I am grateful.”


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Mrs. Michelle Garvey, Assistant Principal Galax Middle School

Mrs. Garvey, formerly Ms. Zipprich, is originally from Illinois and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1991. Mrs. Garvey’s first career was in telecommunications. Upon moving to Galax in 1999, she spent several years as a stay at home mom to her son Alex.

She attended Radford University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education PK-6 with a concentration in Math and Science. Upon graduation, she was employed by Galax City Public Schools as a Fourth Grade Teacher. Mrs. Garvey returned to school in 2011 and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University.  In the fall of 2016, Mrs.Garvey accepted a new position as the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Galax City Public Schools.

Mrs. Garvey loves being an educator and is excited to take on her role as Assistant Principal at Galax Middle School. She says, “My greatest joy comes from watching students and teachers grow and reach beyond what they believe is possible. I love Galax City Public Schools and can’t imagine working in a more incredible school system anywhere!”

Mr. Marc Quesenberry, Principal Galax High

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Hello everyone, and thank you for visiting the Galax City Public Schools web site. Let me first say how excited I am to be returning to Galax High School. As a graduate of GHS (’79), it is my honor to be back to serve this great school system, the community and, most importantly, the students of Galax. As I enter my 34th year in public education I can say, without hesitation, that I have never been this enthused about the upcoming school year.

Upon graduation from Galax High School, I earned my Bachelors of Business Administration in 1983 from East Tennessee State University. In 1985 I began my teaching career, as a high school mathematics teacher, for Carroll County Public Schools. From there I continued my teaching career with stops in Smyth County, Washington County, Cocke County, TN, and Gordon County, GA. During my years in Georgia I earned a Masters and a Specialists of Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University and it was during this time that I transitioned from the classroom to school administration. In 2011 I returned to the Carroll County School System where I have been a principal for the past seven years.

As a life-long Maroon Tide, I have always believed that Galax City Public Schools is the greatest school system there is. It will be our commitment, from GHS to all stakeholders, that we will give you our best every day for every student to continue being the best.

We are THE Galax Maroon Tide!


Mr. Brian Stuart - Assistant Principal Galax High

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.

Ms. Lori McKenzie

Ms. McKenzie is a native of Galax and is a graduate of Galax High School. In May 2004, she graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in English and Social Science. She is endorsed to teach grades Pre-K through 6. She has been teaching Pre-K at Galax Elementary since 2004.

Mrs. Amanda Mitchell

Mrs. Mitchell is originally from Pulaski, VA.  She graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1994.  She attended Radford University and received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1998.  She began working at Galax Elementary School in 2000 as a third grade teacher.  Later, she earned a Master of Arts in Reading from Emory and Henry in 2003.  She taught third grade for eight years, and she also taught second grade, worked as a reading specialist.  Mrs. Mitchell is currently working as a Pre-k teacher at Galax Elementary School.

Ms. Samantha Nelson

Miss Nelson was born in Michigan but was raised in Fries, Virginia. She graduated from Grayson County High School in 2008 and went on to Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating from Radford in 2011, Miss Nelson began working as a substitute teacher and after school tutor until she began her career at Galax Elementary School in 2012. She taught second grade for one year and is currently teaching Kindergarten.


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.


Ms. Rhonda Anderson

Hello, my name is Rhonda Anderson.  I was born and raised in Carroll County, and graduated from Carrol Co. High School, Class of 74/75. ( I actually graduated August 10, 1974, one year early.)  I am married to Jerry, and we have two children.  Our daughter, Jennifer,  is married and has two children, Vivian (age 8), and Ephraim (age 5).  She ia a school librarian in Floyd County.  Our son, Brian, is a pharmacist.  I am very proud of my family. 

I call myself a "late bloomer" in the career of education.  I worked at Roses Dept. Store in Galax for seven years.  Then I went in to production work at  Spencer's Manufacturing in Mt. Airy, N.C. where I sewed children's clothes for 12 years.  Then lay offs began to happen, and I started taking classes at Wytheville Community College and Surry Community College.  I would go to classes after work.  I did so for several years.  Then I had enough credits to enter Radford Universty as a Junior, so I quit my job, and went full time to R. U. and graduated in May 2001.  I have a B.S. in Elementary Edu. and a Minor in English.  I did my blocking at Dublin Elem. School in Dublin, Va.  and my student teaching at St. Paul School in Cana, Va.  I interviewed for a teaching position at Galax Elementary and was hired at a First Grade teacher.  This is my thirteenth year teaching and my thirteenth year at GES. 

I really enjoy what I do.  This is the most challenging job I have ever had, BUT it is the most rewarding job I have ever had.  I enjoy teaching very much and I enjoy the children.  I always try to be a positive influence on them, and give them encouragement to believe in themselves.  Our class motto is "Never Settle For Less Than Your Best." I tell my students,  "we don't have to be perfect, but we need to do the best that we are capable of doing."


Category:1st Grade
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.”

Category:1st Grade
Mrs. Crystal Whisenhunt

Mrs. Whisenhunt is a native of Galax. She graduated from Galax High School and continued her education at Emory and Henry College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. After 15 years in the Grayson County School System, she is thrilled to join the GES community.

Ms. Lois Rogers

Ms. Rogers is a native to Galax. She graduated from Galax High School in 1986. Ms. Rogers then attended Surry Community College for two years where she received an Associate in Science Degree before transferring to Radford University where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Middle Education. Ms. Rogers began teaching at Galax Elementary School in 1992 and has taught Kindergarten for 21 years.  In 2003, Ms. Rogers earned her Master of Arts degree from Emory & Henry College specializing in reading instruction. At present, Ms. Rogers will begin teaching second grade for the 2013-2014 school year.

 “I have always loved to teach children to learn how to read. Reading is such an important life skill. It is my hope to instill confidence and the enjoyment of reading in my students.”


Category:2nd Grade
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