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Mark Robinson - Science

Mr. Robinson grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Park View High School in 1979. He went on to study at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York where he earned a certificate in biblical studies in 1980. Mr. Robinson continued his education at Liberty University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in elementary education. Since beginning his teaching career he has completed coursework in science and mathematics at Bluefield College, Emory & Henry College, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Mr. Robinson began his teaching career at Emmanuel Christian School in Manassas, Virginia where he taught 5th and 6th grades for four years. In 1990, he moved to Galax where he taught fourth and fifth grades until he moved with the fifth grade to Galax Middle School in 2000. Mr. Robinson has taught fifth grade science from 2000 to the present.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with students in the middle grades, and I especially enjoy teaching and learning science with them. Their enthusiasm for scientific investigation is a joy.”

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Jessica Kidd is from Bassett, Virginia. She graduated from Bassett High School in 2004 and went on to Bluefield College. There she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained her teaching license. She began teaching in Galax in 2008 as a 3rd grade teacher. After teaching for a few years, she attended Radford University where she earned her Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist. While at the elementary school, she has taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and was reading specialist for two years under a state grant position. She now teaches at Galax Middle School as the 5th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher.

Mrs. Kidd lives in Wytheville, Virginia with her husband and her daughter, Lillian. She enjoys reading, crafting, and being outdoors.

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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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Mr. Eddie Stanley - Custodian

Mr. Eddie Stanley  has worked for Galax City Public Schools since 1987.  He worked at Galax Elementary School for 20 years.  He is currently the custodian at Galax Middle School. 

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.”

Mr. Freddie Bobbitt - Resource Officer

Officer Bobbitt grew up in this area and has been a lifelong residence of the Galax/Carroll County Area. He graduated from Carroll County High School. After high school Officer Bobbitt went to work with his Dad and Grand Dad on the farm while also working with the Carroll County School System in the Maintenance Department. During this time, Bobbitt was offered a job with the Hillsville Police Department. He worked with the Hillsville Police Department for 2 years then took a job with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.  Twenty-eight years later he retired from this position. Shortly thereafter, Bobbitt went back to work with the Pulaski County Sheriff's office for 1 year then took his current job with the Galax Police Department as the School Recourse Officer for Galax Elementary School.

Over 30+ years of service Officer Bobbitt has been involved in many aspects of law enforcement from patrol duties to undercover operations. He has been on state and federal taskforces.  These taskforces involved Bobbitt and his fellow officers in many operations, including drug and gun violations, and fugitive recovery. He has been cross sworn on both the state and federal level. Worked with the Virginia State Police, The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency),ATF (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms) and The U.S. Marshalls Office.

Bobbitt says, "All of my Law Enforcement career has been very pleasant and rewarding but nothing has compared to my current position as a School Resource Officer. Of all of my career this job has been the most REWARDING. I love my job and the opportunity that has been given to me as a School Resource Officer.

I am a Graduate of The New River Regional Police Academy. I have several specialty training certifications both state and federal.
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Ms. Leigh Ann Brenegar

Leigh Ann Brinegar has lived in Galax her whole life.  She loves the area and enjoys working at the school.  She has a daughter to whom she devotes her spare time.

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Ms. Draper grew up in Farmville, Virginia, where she attended and graduated from Prince Edward County Public Schools. After high school, she attended Sweet Briar College for five years where she received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Environmental Studies and a Master's degree in K-6 Elementary Education with a concentration in K-12 Special Education. 
 
She began her teaching career at Prince Edward County Elementary School in Farmville, Virginia where she taught for four years. She taught Second Grade Inclusion, K-2 Self-Contained Special Education and was the Lead Special Education teacher for the elementary school during the 2015-16 school year. 
 
During the summer of 2016, Ms. Draper moved to Woodlawn, Virginia and accepted a teaching job at Galax Elementary School. She is very excited to work with Galax students and staff during the upcoming school year!

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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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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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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. Cynthia Reynolds - School Nurse

Cynthia Reynolds was born in Jackson, Tennessee but was raised in Galax and is proud to be a product of Galax City Public Schools. She has a B.S. in Social Science from Union University, and B.S in Nursing from The University of Tennessee, Memphis.   Mrs. Reynolds worked in a variety of nursing jobs for 10 years before returning to school. She received a Masters degree in Nursing from VCU and was a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Galax area for 12 years. She is in her second year as the nurse at Galax Elementary School and is excited to care for, and promote health and wellness for GES students. Mrs. Reynolds enjoys spending time with her children and granddaughter, camping, hiking and kayaking with her husband, and cheering on the Galax Maroon Tide!

Category:School Nurse
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Ms. LaTrissia Rife

Mrs. Rife is originally from Wythe County, Virginia and attended Fort Chiswell High School where she graduated in 1999. She went on to Emmanuel College, a private Christian school in Franklin Springs, GA. There, she received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in 2003. Mrs. Rife then moved to nearby Athens, GA where she taught for two years in Pre-K and 2nd Grades in Clarke County Schools. Feeling a call to be closer to family, she moved back home to Virginia in 2005. She taught in Pulaski County schools for seven years in second, third, and fifth grades. While teaching in Pulaski County, she studied to receive her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Regent University in 2008.   She accepted the English as a Second Language position at Galax Elementary School in 2012.

“My very first year as a teacher, I had eight four year olds who walked in my room with no English at all. While that was a challenging experience for us all, I immediately fell in love with teaching English as a Second Language students and particularly the Spanish speaking community. I knew this was something I wanted to pursue further in my Master’s program. I am so thankful for the diversity of the Galax community and the opportunity to work with students as they learn a new language and culture. My students teach me as much as I teach them. They are truly amazing!”

Category:ESL
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Ms. Tina Hampton

Miss Hampton is a resident of Grayson County. She attended Grayson County High School where she graduated in 1994. She continued her education at Emory and Henry College where she received a BA degree in May 1998, in the field of Interdisciplinary Studies. As a student at Emory and Henry College, Miss Hampton spent her summers working for The Galax City Parks and Recreation Department where she had the opportunity to work with many students of GCPS. In the fall of 1998 Miss Hampton was hired as a third grade teacher by Galax City Public Schools where she has remained for the past fifteen years.   During her career at GCPS Miss Hampton has taught third grade, elementary computer specialty, and Title 1 Math. In addition she spent one full year as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for the school system. As well as teaching students Miss Hampton enjoys being a student. Since beginning her teaching career she has taken additional classes from Emory and Henry College, James Madison University, and George Mason University. She is currently enrolled as a student at Longwood University where she is working towards a Master’s Degree as a Math Specialist.

 

“I enjoy learning about math and working math problems. I want to share my enthusiasm for math with the students and teachers at Galax Elementary School. I want them to understand that math is a very hands-on subject in which students learn to make sense of problems and situations.”         

Category:Title One
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Mrs. Chance Lawrence

Chance Lawrence grew up in Elk Creek, Virginia and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2005. She attended Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Special Education and English in 2009. Chance spent the first six years of her career teaching first and third grade in Grayson County. She is very excited to begin a new teaching adventure with Galax City Schools!

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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. 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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Ms. Sally Hill - Speech

Mrs. Hill is from Woodlawn, Virginia and graduated from Carroll County High School. She went on to earn her Master's degree from Radford University in Communication Science and Disorders. Mrs. Hill taught for 14 years in the Carroll County Public School system before joining Galax City Public Schools in 2006. 

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Ms. Shannon Wilson - Technology

Mrs. Wilson currently enjoys teaching all students in kindergarten through fourth grades as the GES technology teacher.  She is a native of Galax, Virginia, and was a graduate of Carroll County High School.  She began her college education at Wytheville Community College, and then transferred to Radford University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Wilson started her teaching career at Galax Elementary School.  She spent eight gratifying years teaching kindergarten before moving to her present specialist teaching position.

Category:Specialty
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