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Kara Hale - Biology

Kara Hale lives in Wythe county. She has taught science in several different school systems. She believes creating positive relationships with all students helps them be more successful in life's journey. She teaches Biology and encourages students to be the greatest version of themselves in her classroom. Before her teaching career, she worked in the medical laboratory field and was in the United States Air Force. She is originally from Giles county and her entire family tree is made up of educators. At home, she has 4 girls, a husband and various animals that keep her engulfed in activity. 


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Allison White - Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. White grew up in Galax, VA and is a Galax High School graduate herself (class of 2012). She went on to attend Roanoke College in Salem, VA where she played 4 years of volleyball and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Studies, minoring in both Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Ms. White spent the last 3 years working in Sales and Marketing in Charlotte, NC before returning to her hometown, where she is teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also the Head Coach for Middle School Volleyball. 

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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.”

Category:6th Grade
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Mr. Barkley is originally from Pulaski, Virginia and graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1999. He continued his education at Radford University where he received his Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. He began his teaching career at Galax Middle School where he has been since 2006. He also serves the school system as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach.

“I truly enjoy teaching and coaching the students at Galax High School and middle school. There is nothing better than showing someone that with enough hard work anything is possible.”

 

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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.

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Coach Lipes grew up in Covington, Virginia where he graduated from Covington High School in 2012. He continued his education at Lynchburg College, where he graduated with his degree in Health and Physical Education. While at Lynchburg, he also played basketball for four years, winning the ODAC conference championship and setting the school record for wins in a season. After graduation, he began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at his Alma mater while obtaining his Masters degree in Educational Leadership(K-12). 

Coach Lipes will be teaching 9th Grade Health and Physical Education along with Advanced PE.

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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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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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Justin Iroler - Galax Middle School Principal

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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Sarah Light

Sarah Light grew up on a farm in Laurel Fork, Virginia. She helped her family with the production of broccoli, cabbage, green beans, squash, and pumpkins. When she wasn’t helping on the farm, she spent many days helping out in her mother’s second grade classroom. She knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher and have her own classroom one day. Sarah graduated from Carroll County High School in 2014 and went on to study at Virginia Tech. As a Hokie, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development in 2017, and then earned her Master of Arts in Education in 2018. She is very excited to begin her career at Galax City Public Schools!

 

Category:1st Grade
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Kaitlyn Whitehead- 3rd Grade

Ms. Whitehead is originally from Rural Retreat, VIrginia.  She graduated from Rural Retreat High School in 2015. Ms. Whitehead received her Associate’s degree in General Studies from Wytheville Community College in 2016.  She then prolonged her education at Radford University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2018. Ms. Whitehead began her career with Galax City Public Schools that same year.  She has a passion for teaching and inspiring the young minds around her to be lifelong learners!

“Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possible be.”  - Rita Pierson.

 

 

Category:3rd Grade
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Imade Igodan- Choral Director

Ms. Igodan, a native of South Carolina, is the choral director at Galax City Middle and High Schools.  Prior to coming to Galax, Ms. Igodan served in the US Peace Corps in Zambia (2015-17) where she taught English and directed a choir in the village where she lived.  While attending high school, her choral music teacher encouraged her to think about music as a profession.  Ms. Igodan earned a B.S. degree in music from Tennessee State University and a M.M. in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina. While in graduate school she performed in the opera Our Town and played the role of Nora in Riders to the Sea. In 2010 she was chosen for the Manhattan School of Music’s vocal program and studied privately with world-renowned opera singer Mignon Dunn.  Prior to her Peace Corps experience she worked as assistant choral director at Northstar Christian Center in Columbia, SC, and sang with the Lexington County Choral Society in that city.  She was guest artist for a benefit concert raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and, locally, she has been a guest soloist with The Highland Camerata.  She is currently a member of that group. She looks forward to sharing the wonderful world of music with her students.

 

Category:Fine Arts
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Jacob Rivenbark- Algebra

Mr. Rivenbark was born in Sumter, South Carolina but grew up in Botetourt, Virginia. He attended Lord Botetourt High School where he graduated in 2014. He attended Emory & Henry College where he was a member of the football team for two years, but due to illness and injuries had his career cut a little short. He graduated in 2018 receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Mr. Rivenbark began his teaching and coaching career at Galax High School in 2018.

Category:Math Department
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Amanda Bolen

Amanda Griffin Bolen 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. Bolen 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. Bolen 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 Aide at GMS. She started working for GCPS in 2018.  When not working with students, she is busy making handmade jewelry and playing with her kids.

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Patrick Butler- English and Military Science

Mr. Butler moved to the Galax area in 2002 after 21 years on active duty in the Air Force. He has quite the varied background: Air Force officer, stay at home dad, small business owner, substitute teacher, and secretary/bookkeeper prior joining the GCHS staff.  His teaching experience, in addition to his four years as a substitute teacher for GCPS, includes three years as an ICBM classified operations trainer/evaluator, three  years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in English, and three years of writing instruction on the community college level.  His daughter graduated GHS in 2018 and attends Bates College in Maine. A Disney buff, Mr. Butler and his wife actually married at Walt Disney World, and they get back there (or Disneyland) whenever possible. 

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Patrick Puckett- Economics and Personal Finance

Mr. Puckett grew up in Laurel Fork, Virginia.  He taught and coached at Floyd County High School and Radford City Schools for nine years before coming to Galax High School.  Mr. Puckett is a graduate of Radford University who has his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, Mr. Puckett teaches Economics and Personal Finance and coaches the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team. Mr. Puckett enjoys spending his free time with his family, hiking, and playing a variety of sports.

 

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Devon Lineberry-Jennings

Devon Lineberry-Jennings

My name is Ms. Devon Lineberry-Jennings, but I prefer Ms. LJ, since my last names are so long (thanks, parents!) I was born in Galax and raised in Carroll County, but don't worry, I'll be sure to be loyal to the Tide at all future sporting events. I graduated from CCHS, and attended Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where I received by B.A. in English and my license to teach grades 6-12. Previously, I taught 8th grade reading and writing for Henry County Public Schools for two years. As much as I loved my students there, I missed my mountains and my family. I was thrilled to accept a position at GHS as the new 8th grade reading teacher in 2018. I absolutely love to teach, and I want each and every one of my students to succeed. My goal is to make sure that every student enjoys the process of learning, and I hope to bring literature to life and encourage students to engage in the joy of reading. In my spare time, I like to spend time at the river, hike, garden, laugh, read, and wish for snow... because winter is my favorite season! I know this is where I am meant to be, and I am so excited to be HOME! Roll Tide!

 

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Kaylah Surratt

Kaylah Surratt

Kaylah Surratt works as an instructional aide.  She has been employed at GES since 2016.  Kaylah has a BS degree in Health Science from Kaplan University.  She is currently working to obtain her teaching license through UVA Wise. She is married and has 3 children.  "I enjoy helping our students reach their goals and watching them suceed."

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