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Eileen Ruiz

Mrs. Eileen Ruiz was born in Santa Ana, California. She works as an ESL Instructional Aide in Galax Elementary school. She started working for Galax in 2018. Enjoys working with children and hopes to make a difference in their lives. 

Mrs. Ginger Elliott

Mrs. Elliott is an instructional aide at Galax Elementary School.  She previously worked as a preschool teacher for four years at First Methodist Nursery School and First Baptist Preschool of Galax.  She is married and has three daughters that attend Galax City Schools.

Vikki Simmons

Gwendolyn Simmons (Vikki) was born in Galax, Virginia and lives in Grayson County.  Ms. Simmons was a student of the Fairview Community and Galax High School. 

Ms. Jessica Farthing  World History

Jessica Farthing started working for GCPS in 2017. She grew up in Chesterfield County, just south of the city of Richmond. She graduated from Meadowbrook High School then continued the family tradition by becoming a Hokie. She attended Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor’s in History with a Minor in Russian Studies. She stayed at the best school in the country to get her  Master’s in Education and Curriculum.

Mr. Shane Allen  CCEC Middle School

Miss. Allison Deel - Band Director

Miss Deel currently serves as Band Director of Galax City Public Schools. Before coming to Galax, Miss Deel held the band director position at Graham Middle & High Schools, in Bluefield, and before that held the band director position in Bland County. 

Miss Deel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with Teacher Licensure, from Bluefield College. Her primary instrument is flute. However, she also plays piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, piano, as well as sings.                                                                  

During her time at Bluefield College, she performed in many instrumental ensembles, including the Bluefield College Chamber Ensemble, Bluefield College Concert Band, and Bluefield College Community Orchestra.  She has also performed in the choral ensembles of the non-auditioned choir Bluefield Singers, as well as the auditioned choir Variations.  As a member of Variations, Miss Deel toured Austria, in summer of 2010, and in the summer of 2011, was part of a larger choir who had the privilege of performing the Brahms Requiem at Lincoln Center, in New York. 

Before attending Bluefield College, Miss Deel attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. While there, she marched for one semester with the Liberty University “Spirit of the Mountain” Marching Band, where she played piccolo. 

Miss Deel is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association, and the Virginia Music Educators’ Association.  Miss Deel is a founding member, principal flute player, and secretary of the State Line Wind Symphony, based in Bristol, VA. Miss Deel is also the current secretary for District 7 of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association.

Category:Fine Arts

Mrs. Gillespie grew up in Galax and graduated from Galax High School in 2006.  Upon graduation, she attended Roanoke College for one year before transferring to Virginia Tech where she played softball and majored in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010.  While working on her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University, Mrs. Gillespie worked in the Galax School System as a substitute teacher and coach for three years.

Mrs. Gillespie's teaching career began as a fourth grade teacher at Hillsville Elementary School in 2014 where she stayed for five years. She presently teaches fifth grade Science at Galax Middle School.

Category:5th Grade
Ms. Megan Funk Collins

Mrs. Brooks Edwards

Mrs. Edwards, a Galax native, graduated from Galax City Public Schoo​ls ​and Emory and Henry College, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary English.  She taught pre-school, first grade, and second grade before joining fourth grade​.

She and her husband Kevin, have three children, Peyton, Emily, and Clay.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading.  

Category:4th Grade
Dorie Nichols

Dorie is the wife to David “Davey” Nichols, Jr. and the mother to Sierra and Morgan Nichols.  She is a 1995 graduate of Galax High School.  She was born, raised, and currently lives in Galax, VA.  She enjoys getting to serve all the children that attend Galax Elementary School.  She enjoys participating in community theater and watching her children swim.


Carri Ramey

Carri has lived in this area her whole life.  She is married and has a son.  She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.


Brandi Weatherman

Brandi is the mother of two awesome kids.  She loves seeing all the sweet faces at GES everyday.  If her family has spare time, they like to be outdoors playing with their dogs and horses and they love spending time at the river.  Brandi has lived here all of her life and she cannot think of a better place to raise her kids.


Mrs. Dawn Leake - Math

Mrs. Dawn Leake

Dawn Leake is our 5th grade math teacher at Galax Middle School.  She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Atherton High School in 1978.  Mrs. Leake attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an endorsement in grades 4 through 8.

Prior to coming to Galax, Mrs. Leake taught 5th grade in Lynchburg, VA, for twelve years before she and her husband relocated to Troutdale, VA.  She taught sixteen years in Grayson County as a 6th grade math teacher until coming to GMS in 2016.   Teaching fifth graders, she’s back where her educational journey began 29 years ago.

Mrs. Leake says, “My goal is to make math easy.  Every student is unique and as a teacher I need to make math as fun and easy for them, so that they can understand and be successful.”


Category:5th Grade

Mr. Howard Mayo

Coach Mayo is originally from Chesterfield i, Virginia and graduated from Lloyd C. Bird High School in 1983. He continued his education at Bluefield College where he received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Social Studies in 1988.He play basketball for 4 years .  He has taught and coach at Carroll Co High School, Amelia Co High School, Starmount High School (NC) and Mt Airy, NC . Coach Mayo is married to Deborah Easter Mayo and has three children Alex, Abby, and Adam  and they reside in Fancy Gap, VA

 Coach Mayo is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Girls Basketball Coach at Galax High School. Coach Mayo is looking forward to working with students from both the high school and middle school 

Category:GMS Specialty

Mrs. Sena Parks

Mrs. Sena Parks has lived in Galax all of her life, she is a 1992 graduate of Galax High School.  She is married with 2 wonderful daughters.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Radford University in 1996. She worked in sales and marketing for 10 years before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2007. She then began teaching in the Grayson County School System in 2010, while teaching and working in technology there she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology for Liberty University in 2017. Mrs. Parks loves teaching Business and Technology to all grade levels and is very happy to be doing so back “home” at Galax High School. 

Category:GMS Specialty

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!

Ms. Megan Boyer

Mrs. Megan Boyer graduated from Grayson County High School in 2004. After high school, Mrs. Boyer attended Radford University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008. Mrs. Boyer has taught kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grades in Grayson County. In 2015, Mrs. Boyer completed her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision at Regent University. Mrs. Boyer is excited to begin her journey with Galax City Public Schools teaching 2nd grade.

Category:2nd Grade
Ms. Stephany Perez

Ms. Stephany Perez was born in New York but was raised in Virginia. She graduated from Carroll County High School in 2011 and went on to Wytheville Community College to receive her Associates in Education and then transferred to Radford University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Special Ed and English. After graduating from Radford in December of 2015, she began working as an ESL aide at Gladeville Elementary School. Ms. Perez is excited to start her journey as a Kindergarten teacher at Galax Elementary school.  

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.