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Ms. Samantha Nelson

Miss Nelson was born in Michigan but was raised in Fries, Virginia. She graduated from Grayson County High School in 2008 and went on to Radford University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating from Radford in 2011, Miss Nelson began working as a substitute teacher and after school tutor until she began her career at Galax Elementary School in 2012. She taught second grade for one year and is currently teaching Kindergarten.


Ms. Alyssa Wingate

Ms. Wingate grew up in Independence and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2010. Following high school she attended Emory & Henry College where she majored in Education and was a member of the tennis team. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work while at Emory and graduated with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education in 2014. Miss Wingate then taught Kindergarten in Fries, VA before beginning in Kindergarten at Galax in 2015.


Mrs. Crystal Whisenhunt

Mrs. Whisenhunt is a native of Galax. She graduated from Galax High School and continued her education at Emory and Henry College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. After 15 years in the Grayson County School System, she is thrilled to join the GES community.

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.

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. 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.