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Kim Coleman Horton grew up in Appomattox, Virginia. She graduated from Appomattox County High School in 1982.  Mrs. Horton graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Elementary Education in 1984.  She graduated from Longwood College with MS with a focus on Reading in 1992.  While teaching in Richmond, Virginia she continued her education at Old Dominion with a focus on Special Education. 

Kim started teaching in 1985 in Charlotte County, Virginia.  She was employed by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation for 2 years as an Occupational Course of Study SPED Teacher. During her career, she has taught in Charlotte County, Appomattox County, Richmond City, and Prince Edward County.   This will be her 34th year of teaching.

Ms. Rebecca Montgomery

Rebecca Montgomery grew up in Somerset, Kentucky but has been a resident of Southwest Virginia for the past 23 years. She is married and has two teenage daughters. She is actively involved in her church, First Baptist Church of Independence, where her husband is the pastor. Rebecca and her husband enjoy high school sports and spending time with family.  

Rebecca earned her Bachelors’ degree in Political Science at Eastern Kentucky University in 1991. During her career, she worked as an office manager for two medical clinics and a Human Resource Director for Carrington Place in Wytheville, Virginia. In 2009, she returned to school at Old Dominion University to pursue her passion for teaching, earning her license as a special education teacher. She was employed by Pulaski County Schools for four years teaching at Pulaski Middle School.  She looks forward to teaching students at the elementary level and helping prepare them for the challenges of middle school and beyond.

Mr. Ronald Mankins

Ronald Mankins is a lifelong resident of Carroll County and currently resides with his wife (Angela) and son (Hunter) in his hometown of Cana. Ronald graduated from Carroll County High School in 1997 and earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Finance and Economics from King College in 2001. After a brief stint in the banking field, Ronald decided that his interests lie in working with today’s youth.

Ronald’s first three years of public education were in Carroll County where he worked to achieve certification in business education. After transferring over to Galax City Schools in 2005, Ronald pursued an additional degree and received his Masters of Science in Education in December of 2008.

Ronald currently works with fifth and seventh grade students and enjoys the pace and flow of the middle school. His favorite aspect of teaching is watching students gain the confidence to accomplish things they never realized they had the ability to do.

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

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.