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Ms. Shannon Wilson - Technology

Mrs. Wilson currently enjoys teaching all students in kindergarten through fourth grades as the GES technology teacher.  She is a native of Galax, Virginia, and was a graduate of Carroll County High School.  She began her college education at Wytheville Community College, and then transferred to Radford University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Wilson started her teaching career at Galax Elementary School.  She spent eight gratifying years teaching kindergarten before moving to her present specialist teaching position.

Ms.  Erin Creed - Art

Erin Creed grew up in the Baywood community of Grayson County and graduated from Grayson County High School in 2003. Ms. Creed graduated from Radford University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. She then went on to teach elementary art for Grayson County Public Schools from 2008-2010. In 2012, she graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development. After several years of working in the Mental Health field, Ms. Creed is excited to be returning to teaching! In her spare time, she enjoys photography, ceramics, painting, playing the bass fiddle, and traveling.

Mrs. Heather Hanks - Music

Mrs. Hanks grew up in Galax, VA and graduated from Carroll County High School in 1991. She attended Emory and Henry College, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Theatre concentration. In the fall of 1995, she moved to New York City where she continued her studies at the HB Studio, and the School for Film and Television. In 2000, she moved to Charlotte, NC to begin her undergraduate degree in music at Queens College, now Queens University of Charlotte. Upon her graduation in the spring of 2002, she moved to Greenville, NC to attend East Carolina University for her Master’s Degree in Music. She graduated with a Master’s of Music, Vocal Pedagogy, in the spring of 2004. While at graduate school, she taught voice at the Music Academy of Eastern NC, and directed a children’s choir at a local church.

            Mrs. Hanks and her family returned to the area in 2005. She has been teaching private piano and voice lessons since 2008, and sings with the Highland Camerata, a regional chorus. Mrs. Hanks worked in the Carroll County School system before coming to work for Galax City Schools. She was employed as an AmeriCorps Tutor in Reading, and also worked as a Title I aide in Math and Reading. She credits her years at Oakland Elementary as the guiding force that led her to pursue her teaching degree.  

            Mrs. Hanks is excited to work with the Galax Community. She believes that music and the arts keep the children engaged in school. “Music is my passion. I believe that every child needs to be exposed to the arts. Children love music, and I love that I get to share my passion with them. When a child has that A-ha! Moment, it is thrilling!”

Ms. Rose Houk - Physical Education

Mrs. Houk grew up in Meadowview, Virginia and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1977. While in high school Mrs. Houk was very involved in athletics and extracurricular activities, including volleyball, basketball, track, and band (majorette).

Following high school, Mrs. Houk attended Emory and Henry College, graduating in 1981, she earned a B.A. in Health and Physical Education K-12 / Drivers Education. She also played volleyball at E&H for all four years of college.

Mrs. Houk came to Galax to teach in 1981, thinking that she would be here for one or two years. Thirty-Three years later, Mrs. Houk is still in Galax. “This is my home”, Mrs. Houk confesses. During those years, she has taught health and PE at the high school, middle school, and the elementary school.

In 2012, she retired from coaching varsity volleyball and varsity girls track at Galax High School after 31 years. She also coached J.V. girls basketball for 8 years.

Mrs. Houk is married to Don Houk, who is a retired Grayson County Deputy. They have one son, Tyler, who also graduated from Emory and Henry College in 2013.

“I love to help children learn to be active through different games, and I love to watch the Maroon Tide and the Wasps play anything. I also love beach trips”.

Ms. Alicia Warf - Library

Mrs. Warf grew up in Galax and graduated from Galax High School in 2001. She studied elementary education at Radford University and graduated with a bachelors degree in 2005. She then came back to Galax and got a job teaching 3rd grade at Galax Elementary School. She taught 3rd grade for 5 years while working on her masters degree from Old Dominion University. In 2009, she received a masters degree in Library Media Studies. Mrs. Warf has been the librarian at Galax Elementary school since 2010.

"I love teaching! Children bring a smile to my face every single day. What other job can say they are guaranteed a smile everyday? I am very lucky to have gotten a job a love in back in my hometown."