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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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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Ms. Megan Funk Collins

Category:Guidance
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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
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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
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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.  

Category:Kindergarten
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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.

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Ms. Whitney Stewart

Mrs. Stewart is from Galax, Virginia and graduated in 2005 from Carroll County High School. She attended Radford University where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in math and English in 2009. Mrs. Stewart taught Head Start preschool for six years before joining Galax City Public Schools in 2015.

Category:2nd Grade
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Ramona Carico

Ramona has been married to her husband Keith for 26 years.  They have one daughter (Kasey) who attends Galax High School.  Ramona loves farming, gardening, and being in the outdoors.

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Brenda Whitaker

Brenda has been married for 48 years.  She and her husband have three children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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