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Meet the Administration of Galax City Public Schools!

Bill Sturgill, Superintendent

Mr. Sturgill is a native of Hillsville, Virginia, where he graduated from Carroll County High School in 1982.  He attended Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education. He returned to school and completed his Master’s in Special Education from Radford University in 1994, then received his Advanced Studies Diploma in Administration from Virginia Tech in 1996. 

After teaching a year in Southside Virginia, Mr. Sturgill returned to the Twin Counties.  He taught Special Education and coached at Carroll County, his alma mater, for eight years before transferring to Grayson County and working as a Building Administrator and in the Central Office for seven years.  Mr. Sturgill had been in the Galax City Public School system as Principal at Galax High School for four and a half years.  In February 2009, he became Superintendent of GCPS.

Dr. Kristie Legg, Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Legg is originally from Dublin, Virginia and attended Pulaski High School where she graduated in 1988.  She went on to Radford University where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1992, her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in 1997, and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2002.  She earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech in 2015.

Dr. Legg taught 6th and 7th grades at Pulaski Middle School for five years. From Pulaski Middle, she obtained the assistant principal’s position at Galax Elementary School and served in this position for three years.  Dr. Legg moved to Galax Middle School where she was principal from 2005 – 2015. Dr. Legg returned to Galax Elementary School as principal from 2015 - 2018.  

She is excited to start in her new position as Assistant Superintendent of Galax City Public Schools.  “I really enjoy working for a small school system that is truly a community of learners.  From the elementary to middle and high, we see each student as “our” student, no matter which school the child attends.  This division is truly supported by the City of Galax, the School Board, central office, the community in which we live, and our parents and students.  I often tell the faculty and staff in this division how fortunate I am to work with such a caring group of individuals who are like family.  I am proud of our schools, especially of our students,” says Legg.

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.

Mr. Matthew Kroeger ITRT

Mr. Kroeger is a graduate from Alleghany High School Sparta, NC in 2007. Following high school Mr. Kroeger graduated from Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC, with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical/Electronics Technology in 2009. He continued in 2009 to further his education and attended Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, NC, where he received Electric Lineman Diploma in 2011, during his time serving a total of 5 years combination of Power and Cable Distribution lines.

With an arrival of a new born son in 2012, Mr. Kroeger had decided to change career path and pursued the IT industry in 2013. With 4 years of experience in the IT field behind him Mr. Kroeger met his destination at Galax City Public Schools, and served as an IT Support Technician, while employed Mr. Kroeger continued his education in 2017 at Western Governors University for Bachelors in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. In summer of 2018, with the support of faculty and staff Mr. Kroeger took on the ITRT role at Galax City Public Schools and looks to continue to utilize his technical computer skills, strong communication skills while implementing and innovating classroom resource material with technology.

Mr. Jason Kohl School Psychologist

Mr. Kohl is a recent product of Galax City Public Schools graduating from Galax High School in 2004. He attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development in 2010. Following a year working as a Therapeutic Daytime Treatment Counselor with Family Preservation Service in Carroll County Public Schools, Mr. Kohl continued his education at James Madison University graduating with his Master of Science in school psychology in 2012. He remains enrolled at JMU where he is in his last year of his Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology which consists of a fulltime internship with Galax City Public Schools.

Along with assisting the schools with his services as a school psychologist intern, Mr. Kohl is also an assistant football coach with the 8th and 9th grade team.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to return home to complete my education. I look forward to working with students and all faculty and administration in creating a safe and enriching learning environment where all can experience success” says Kohl.

Susan Tilley- Director of Youth Development and Leadership

Susan is delighted to return home to the mountains!  She was born and raised in Marion, Virginia and is a proud Virginia Tech Hokie with a degree in elementary education.  She earned a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Virginia and also completed her endorsement in Administration & Supervision there as well.  

Ms. Tilley comes to Galax City Schools from Newport News Public Schools where she spent 27 years serving in various roles.  She began her career as a middle school English and social studies teacher before becoming a middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal.  She most recently served as the Executive Director of Secondary School Leadership.

Susan shared, “I am unbelievably excited to join the Galax Schools family!  Maroon Tide pride and a tradition of excellence are hallmarks of this exceptional school division.  I look forward to working and learning alongside the students, faculty, families, and community.”



Dr. Frances Turpin- Director of Student Services

Dr. Turpin is from Buchanan County, Virginia where she graduated from Whitewood High School in 1977. She attended UVA Wise and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Secondary Education in 1993. Dr. Turpin then continued her graduate studies at Radford University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychology in 1995 and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology in 1996. In 2004, Dr. Turpin was accepted into the Educational Leadership Program at Virginia Tech, and graduated with at Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education in 2009.

Dr. Turpin began her educational career as a school psychologist in Surry County, North Carolina after her graduation from Radford University. Since that time, she has worked as a school psychologist in various school divisions in the region, including Pulaski County, Henry County, Montgomery County, Grayson County, and Galax City Schools. In 2010 she began serving Galax City Schools as the Director Student Services and Special Education.



Mrs. Sonia Truitt- Coordinator of Career Development/ELA K-12

Mrs. Truitt is a native of Galax, Virginia and a graduate of Galax High School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Radford University and a Master of Arts in Education from Emory and Henry College where she also obtained certification as a Reading Specialist. Additional coursework at Radford University led to licensure in Educational Leadership and Administration.


Mrs. Truitt began her teaching career in Grayson County where she taught elementary school for 6 years.  She later accepted a position with Galax City Public Schools where she served as the Early Intervention Reading teacher and Reading Specialist. In 2011 she became the Assistant Principal at Galax Elementary School and served in that position for 4 years. From 2015-2018, Mrs. Truitt was the Assistant Principal of Galax Middle School, and is now transitioning to the new position of Coordinator of Career Instruction and Coordinator of English/Language Arts K-12.


“I am very proud to be part of such a dynamic and innovative school division.  Working within the Galax City Public School system is truly a rewarding experience. The opportunities to learn, grow, and develop professionally are abundant. Each day finds me surrounded by caring colleagues, strong leadership, dedicated parents, and most especially, remarkable children. As a team we work hard to provide our students with experiences to communicate effectively, think critically, collaborate, be creative, and become positive and contributing global citizens.  I sincerely enjoy the challenges of education and am passionate about working to continue the success of Galax City Schools.”



Dalton Young- Technology Technician

Dalton Young, a native of Fries, Virginia, graduated from Grayson County High School in 2016 and went on to earn his Associate’s Degree in Information Technology with a Specialization in Networking from Wytheville Community College.  With a lifelong interest in technology, Dalton looks forward to a career in technology at Galax City Public Schools, ensuring that technology in the classroom is used to its fullest potential.