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Mrs. Hillary Henry

Hillary Henry is from Roanoke and graduated from Cave Spring High School in 2009. After high school she attended Radford University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014. Right after finishing her education, Hillary began teaching 2nd grade at Galax Elementary in 2014 and has felt truly welcome in the Galax community. She is excited for another school year!

"I believe in life it's important to never stop learning because life never stops teaching!"

Category:2nd Grade
Ms. Sabrina Holden

Mrs. Sabrina Key Holden is a first grade teacher at Galax Elementary.  A Galax native, she graduated from Galax High School in 1986 and earned an Associate in Arts and Sciences from Wytheville Community College.  She transferred to Radford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Education.



She taught second grade for eight years until answering a higher call in 2001 to be a stay-at-home mom.  While enjoying time with her babies, born in 2000 and 2003, Mrs. Holden taught home-bound students for Galax City Public Schools until her daughter Kaitlyn was ready for Kindergarten and Branden was a second grader.  Mrs. Holden returned to GES in 2008 and have taught fabulous first and second graders ever since.


Category:1st Grade
Ms. Kim Hundley

Ms. Hundley is from Hillsville and graduated from Carroll County High school.  After high school she attended Radford University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Social Sciences and Special Education.  She also acquired  her elementary teaching certification for grades K-5.  Afterwards, Ms. Hundley attended Emory and Henry College where she earned her Masters of Art degree in Education with an endorsement as a Reading Specialist for grades K-12.  


Ms. Hundley worked in Carroll County for one year as a special education teacher.  She came to Galax Elementary School in 1999 and has since taught Kindergarten, second grade, and third grade.

"I really enjoy serving the Galax community!  I believe we have the best students, parents, and teachers in the country!"


Category:2nd Grade
Ms. Sarah Boyette

Sarah Boyette grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia and graduated from Atlee High School in 2009. She attended Emory & Henry College where she received her Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, as well as her Master of Education:Professional Studies in 2014. Mrs. Boyette earned endorsements pertaining to Special Education K-12 and English as a Second Language.

Mrs. Boyette moved from Richmond, Virginia when she was hired to teach 1st grade. She began teaching 1st grade at Galax Elementary in 2014, shortly after graduating from Emory & Henry. She is extremely blessed to work with such an incredible team!  “I am so thankful for the community and support that Galax offers. I cannot even begin to put into words how thankful I am to work with such amazing individuals, as well as the students. I am looking forward to another great year!”

Category:1st Grade

Mrs. Guynn grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she graduated from J.R. Tucker High School in 2003. She then moved to Blacksburg to attend Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology in 2007, followed by a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education in 2009.

Mrs. Jan Embree - Civics and Economics

Mrs. Embree has lived in Galax for six years. She is a Nebraska native and lived in Denver, Colorado for 14 years. She is a lifelong learner and educator. She has a degree in Christian Education, Bachelor of Science- Interdisciplinary Studies, PreK-6, and is endorsed in Social Studies 6-12 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is currently pursuing a Masters in History through the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“I am excited to be living in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia and am honored to be a part of Galax City Schools. I am looking forward to sharing my love for our country, our commonwealth, and our great city with the students at Galax Middle School.”

Category:7th Grade
Mr. Chad Stanley - History

Mr. Stanley has lived most of his life in the Fries area of Grayson County.  He graduated from Grayson County High School in 1990.  He then earned his bachelor of science degree from Radford University.  Mr. Stanley began his teaching career at Galax Middle School in 1994 where he has taught until present.  During these years, Mr. Stanley has taught sixth grade U.S. History and seventh grade Civics and Economics.  Mr. Stanley's goals for his students include helping them become engaged in government and the political processes of our great country.

Category:6th Grade
Mrs. Eileen Colonna CCEC Elementary


Mrs. Angie Leonard- Math 7 and Geometry

Mrs. Leonard grew up in Carroll County, Virginia where she graduated from Carroll County High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia Intermont College and a Master's degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University; however, because of her passion for mathematics education, Mrs. Leonard pursued and obtained her endorsement to teach middle school math.



Mrs. Leonard began her teaching career at Grayson County Public School’s Independence Elementary in 2001 as a Special Education teacher. In 2005, she was hired as a special education teacher at Galax High School. While at Galax High School, she primarily co-taught in the inclusion math settings which included such classes as Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra Functions and Data Analysis, and Computer Math. Mrs. Leonard presently teaches seventh grade math at Galax Middle School.

Category:7th Grade
Mrs. Sherry Lumpkin

Mrs. Lumpkin grew up in Pulaski County and graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1985.  Her undergraduate work is through Radford University and she has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education.  She also did her graduate work at Radford University and graduated with a Master's degree in Elementary Education in 1992. 

Mrs. Lumpkin taught PreK-5th grade Music for 1 year in Dinwiddie County, VA, Kindergarten for 9 years in Wythe County before coming to Galax in 2003. Since coming to Galax she has taught PreK 1 year, Kindergarten and looped 1 year to First Grade.  She has taught 23 years.

Mrs. Lumpkin and her husband Trace moved to Galax from Pulaski in 2003. Trace is the Aquatics Director for the Recreation Department. They have 2 children. Austin graduated from GHS this year and Savanna is a 10th grader at Galax High School. When not during school hours Mrs. Lumpkin spends her time as a taxi driver and cheerleader to her kids and the activities they participate in.  She loves to scrapbook traditionally and digitally, play the piano and read numerous blogs trying to find ways to make her instruction for fun for her students.

Ms. Tara Branham

Ms. Branham grew up on a farm in central Virginia.  She graduated from William Monroe High School; where she then went on to earn a degree from Concord University.   After teaching a couple of years, Ms. Branham then went back to school and received a graduate degree from Emory & Henry College.  She has been teaching first grade at Galax Elementary School for twelve years. She also taught Title 1 reading for four years with Madison County Public Schools. Ms. Branham is currently teaching first grade and this is her seventeenth year teaching.  She enjoys spending time with her two children, as well as hiking, running, and biking.


Category:1st Grade
Mrs. Amanda Evans

Amanda Evans is a 2004 graduate of Grayson County High School. She went on to Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Special Education. After graduating from Radford in 2010, Amanda worked at Galax Elementary School as a paraprofessional and was later hired as an elementary school teacher. She taught third grade her first year and has taught two years in Pre-Kindergarten. She is currently teaching Kindergarten.

Ms. Sara Robinson

Sara Robinson

Sara Robinson has taught at Galax Elementary School for over 20 years. She graduated from Emory and Henry College with a B.A. in Religion. Then she received a B.S. in Early Elementary Education from Radford University. Ms. Robinson also has a Master of Arts degree in Reading from Emory and Henry. 


When not teaching, she enjoys church work and spending time with family and friends.

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.

Mrs. Sabrina Anders - Social Studies

Mrs. Anders is from Alleghany County, North Carolina.  She graduated from Alleghany High School.  She then went on to Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. 

Mrs. Anders began teaching at Galax Elementary in 2008.  In her years at GES she has taught Pre-Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 4th grade.  

Category:5th Grade
Ms. Megan Chilton

Ms. Megan Chilton grew up in Collinsville, Virginia, where she graduated from Fieldale-Collinsville High School in 2002. After high school, Megan attended Bluefield College. In 2005 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences and minored in Criminal Justice. While attending Bluefield College, Megan was also a member of the Women's Soccer Team. In 2007, Megan completed her Master of Science degree  at Radford University, where she studied Counseling and Human Development, concentrating in School Counseling.

Prior to joining Galax City Public Schools, Megan worked her first eight years as a school counselor in Carroll County. Her first three years she worked as a part time counselor at both Hillsville Elementary School and St. Paul School. She worked as the full time counselor at Hillsville Elementary School her last five years in Carroll County. Ms. Chilton is currently the School Counselor at Galax Middle School. 

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.”

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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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.”