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Galax Elementary School: All Listings 

Michaele Leagan - Cafeteria Manager

Michaele is originally from Washington State.  She moved to Galax in 1991.  She and her husband raised two children who both graduated from Galax High School.  They now have three grandchildren.  "My life is all about kids and family".

Ms. Jamie Boyles

Jamie Boyles grew up in Galax, VA. and graduated from Carroll County High School. After high school, she worked as a sewing machine operator for a few years before continuing her education at New River Community College. In 2000 she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and began her career as an instructional aide at Baywood Elementary, in Grayson County. In 2004 she came to work at Galax Elementary as a Pre-K aide. She then worked in Kindergarten for 7 years, and is now currently aiding and assisting in all grade levels and works primarily with children in reading and math groups.

Mrs. Larkin Conley

Larkin Conley grew up in Lynchburg, VA. She received a B.S. in Secondary Education (English) from Radford University and attended Lynchburg College for post-graduate studies. In addition, she is a Graduate and Graduate Assistant of The Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations and has served as a motivational speaker for several Mary Kay events. She has over 20 years of classroom instruction experience. It began with 2 years at her alma mater, E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, followed by 10 years as a teacher/curriculum director for a private preschool in Forest. After 12 years of teaching, her family moved to Floyd where Larkin decided to become an Instructional Assistant so she could spend more time with her 2 very active sons and get involved in her new community. That decision led to 4 years in Special Education Preschool, followed by 3 years as a 1-on-1 aide to a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader at Floyd Elementary School and chairman of numerous Floyd County committees. In August 2013, Larkin’s family moved to Galax and she commuted until March 2014 when she accepted a position at GES as a Pre-K Special Education Assistant. Through the years, she has independently attended several workshops and training related to students’ needs.

“I am passionate about helping students of all ages reach and perform at their fullest potential. I believe that what children experience during their early years affects their later success or failure in school, work, and personal lives.”

Larkin lives with her husband, Steve. They have 2 grown sons, Cole and Clif.

Ms. Mary Blackburn

Mary Blackburn grew up in Ashe County, NC.  She graduated from high school in 2003.  She married her husband Christopher in 2004. They have one son together.  Mary received her paraprofessional certificate and began working as an aide in Grayson County, VA, where she was employed for 5 years. She started working for Galax in 2013. Outside of working with children Mary enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Terri Short

Mrs. Short is originally from Paynesville, WV. She moved to NC in 1985 and now resides in Lowgap. She graduated from Surry Community College in Dobson, NC in 2002 with an Associate of Arts Degree. She is married to Richard and has a daughter, two sons, and two grandsons. She has worked at Galax Elementary School as an instructional aide since 2004.

“I love the Galax area and the children who attend school here. The children teach me something new each day! I am honored to be a part of their early education and strive to help them achieve their goals and become strong, independent leaders of tomorrow.”

Mrs. Donna Jennings

Donna Jennings works as an instructional aide at Galax Elementary School.  She has worked here since 2002. She studied at Wytheville Community College and New River Community College.  She is married and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Mrs. Karen Webb

Mrs. Webb is a native of Galax.  She graduated from Galax High School and attended Wytheville Community College.

She has been employed by Galax City Public Schools since 1997.  During this time she has assisted in all grades kindergarten through fourth.  Mrs. Webb feels every day is a new adventure and considers herself blessed for the opportunity to encourage the students to always do their best and treat others with kindness. 

She and her husband Phillip have two daughters and one grandson.

Mrs. Edith Mar Castillo

Mrs Edith Mar Castillo works as an ESL Instructional aide at Galax Elementary School.  She is excited to join the GES staff and looks forward to helping students learning a new language.

Ms. Jocqulene Poindexter


Jocqulene Poindexter works as an instructional aide at Galax Elementary School and has worked for Galax City Schools since 2013.  She is also the middle school softball coach. 

Mrs. Melissa Adams


Mrs. Melissa Adams began her education at Wytheville Community College.  There she earned her Associates in Early Childhood Education.  She is currently continuing her education at Old Dominion pursuing a degree in General Education.  She has been employed at GES since 2006, and has worked with pre-K through fourth grade students.  She worked in special education for four years and found herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so.  Those children taught her a lot!  She is currently working with the pre-kindergarten department.  This department truly creates the stepping stones needed for their continuing education.  She loves teaching this age!  On a personal note, she is very happily married to her husband, Jimmy.  They have three wonderful children:  Jimmy, Ashley, and Kyle.  They also have three awesome grandchildren:  Jordan, Addison, and Amelia and are expecting their fourth grandchild in July (a boy)!  Mrs. Adams feels that God has definitely placed her with children throughout her life.  She loves working with and teaching children.  She feels so blessed to be a part of the GES family.

Mrs. Chance Lawrence

Chance Lawrence grew up in Elk Creek, Virginia and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2005. She attended Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Special Education and English in 2009. Chance spent the first six years of her career teaching first and third grade in Grayson County. She is very excited to begin a new teaching adventure with Galax City Schools!

Mrs. Chenoa Montgomery

Mrs. Montgomery is a 2001 graduate from Carroll County High School.  She knew from an early age she wanted to be a teacher. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth College and a Master of Art in Teaching K-8 from Western Governors University.  Before starting her career in education, Mrs. Montgomery had the important job of a stay-at-home mom to her son, Thomas, and daughter, Alexis.  She began her career at Mount Airy Middle School in special education before joining the GES family.


“My goal is to make learning fun and put a smile on students’ faces!”


Category:3rd Grade
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. 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.