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Mrs. Gillespie grew up in Galax and graduated from Galax High School in 2006.  Upon graduation, she attended Roanoke College for one year before transferring to Virginia Tech where she played softball and majored in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010.  While working on her Masters degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University, Mrs. Gillespie worked in the Galax School System as a substitute teacher and coach for three years.

Mrs. Gillespie's teaching career began as a fourth grade teacher at Hillsville Elementary School in 2014 where she stayed for five years. She presently teaches fifth grade Science at Galax Middle School.

Category:5th Grade
Mrs. Dawn Leake - Math

Mrs. Dawn Leake

Dawn Leake is our 5th grade math teacher at Galax Middle School.  She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Atherton High School in 1978.  Mrs. Leake attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an endorsement in grades 4 through 8.

Prior to coming to Galax, Mrs. Leake taught 5th grade in Lynchburg, VA, for twelve years before she and her husband relocated to Troutdale, VA.  She taught sixteen years in Grayson County as a 6th grade math teacher until coming to GMS in 2016.   Teaching fifth graders, she’s back where her educational journey began 29 years ago.

Mrs. Leake says, “My goal is to make math easy.  Every student is unique and as a teacher I need to make math as fun and easy for them, so that they can understand and be successful.”


Category:5th Grade
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