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Kara Hale - Biology

Kara Hale lives in Wythe county. She has taught science in several different school systems. She believes creating positive relationships with all students helps them be more successful in life's journey. She teaches Biology and encourages students to be the greatest version of themselves in her classroom. Before her teaching career, she worked in the medical laboratory field and was in the United States Air Force. She is originally from Giles county and her entire family tree is made up of educators. At home, she has 4 girls, a husband and various animals that keep her engulfed in activity. 


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Allison White - Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. White grew up in Galax, VA and is a Galax High School graduate herself (class of 2012). She went on to attend Roanoke College in Salem, VA where she played 4 years of volleyball and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Studies, minoring in both Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Ms. White spent the last 3 years working in Sales and Marketing in Charlotte, NC before returning to her hometown, where she is teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also the Head Coach for Middle School Volleyball. 

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Mr. Barkley is originally from Pulaski, Virginia and graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1999. He continued his education at Radford University where he received his Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education. He began his teaching career at Galax Middle School where he has been since 2006. He also serves the school system as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach.

“I truly enjoy teaching and coaching the students at Galax High School and middle school. There is nothing better than showing someone that with enough hard work anything is possible.”

 

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Coach Lipes grew up in Covington, Virginia where he graduated from Covington High School in 2012. He continued his education at Lynchburg College, where he graduated with his degree in Health and Physical Education. While at Lynchburg, he also played basketball for four years, winning the ODAC conference championship and setting the school record for wins in a season. After graduation, he began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at his Alma mater while obtaining his Masters degree in Educational Leadership(K-12). 

Coach Lipes will be teaching 9th Grade Health and Physical Education along with Advanced PE.

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Jessica Kidd is from Bassett, Virginia. She graduated from Bassett High School in 2004 and went on to Bluefield College. There she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained her teaching license. She began teaching in Galax in 2008 as a 3rd grade teacher. After teaching for a few years, she attended Radford University where she earned her Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist. While at the elementary school, she has taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and was reading specialist for two years under a state grant position. She now teaches at Galax Middle School as the 5th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher.

Mrs. Kidd lives in Wytheville, Virginia with her husband and her daughter, Lillian. She enjoys reading, crafting, and being outdoors.

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Imade Igodan- Choral Director

Ms. Igodan, a native of South Carolina, is the choral director at Galax City Middle and High Schools.  Prior to coming to Galax, Ms. Igodan served in the US Peace Corps in Zambia (2015-17) where she taught English and directed a choir in the village where she lived.  While attending high school, her choral music teacher encouraged her to think about music as a profession.  Ms. Igodan earned a B.S. degree in music from Tennessee State University and a M.M. in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina. While in graduate school she performed in the opera Our Town and played the role of Nora in Riders to the Sea. In 2010 she was chosen for the Manhattan School of Music’s vocal program and studied privately with world-renowned opera singer Mignon Dunn.  Prior to her Peace Corps experience she worked as assistant choral director at Northstar Christian Center in Columbia, SC, and sang with the Lexington County Choral Society in that city.  She was guest artist for a benefit concert raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and, locally, she has been a guest soloist with The Highland Camerata.  She is currently a member of that group. She looks forward to sharing the wonderful world of music with her students.

 

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Jacob Rivenbark- Algebra

Mr. Rivenbark was born in Sumter, South Carolina but grew up in Botetourt, Virginia. He attended Lord Botetourt High School where he graduated in 2014. He attended Emory & Henry College where he was a member of the football team for two years, but due to illness and injuries had his career cut a little short. He graduated in 2018 receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Mr. Rivenbark began his teaching and coaching career at Galax High School in 2018.

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Patrick Butler- English and Military Science

Mr. Butler moved to the Galax area in 2002 after 21 years on active duty in the Air Force. He has quite the varied background: Air Force officer, stay at home dad, small business owner, substitute teacher, and secretary/bookkeeper prior joining the GCHS staff.  His teaching experience, in addition to his four years as a substitute teacher for GCPS, includes three years as an ICBM classified operations trainer/evaluator, three  years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in English, and three years of writing instruction on the community college level.  His daughter graduated GHS in 2018 and attends Bates College in Maine. A Disney buff, Mr. Butler and his wife actually married at Walt Disney World, and they get back there (or Disneyland) whenever possible. 

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Patrick Puckett- Economics and Personal Finance

Mr. Puckett grew up in Laurel Fork, Virginia.  He taught and coached at Floyd County High School and Radford City Schools for nine years before coming to Galax High School.  Mr. Puckett is a graduate of Radford University who has his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, Mr. Puckett teaches Economics and Personal Finance and coaches the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team. Mr. Puckett enjoys spending his free time with his family, hiking, and playing a variety of sports.

 

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Devon Lineberry-Jennings

Devon Lineberry-Jennings

My name is Ms. Devon Lineberry-Jennings, but I prefer Ms. LJ, since my last names are so long (thanks, parents!) I was born in Galax and raised in Carroll County, but don't worry, I'll be sure to be loyal to the Tide at all future sporting events. I graduated from CCHS, and attended Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where I received by B.A. in English and my license to teach grades 6-12. Previously, I taught 8th grade reading and writing for Henry County Public Schools for two years. As much as I loved my students there, I missed my mountains and my family. I was thrilled to accept a position at GHS as the new 8th grade reading teacher in 2018. I absolutely love to teach, and I want each and every one of my students to succeed. My goal is to make sure that every student enjoys the process of learning, and I hope to bring literature to life and encourage students to engage in the joy of reading. In my spare time, I like to spend time at the river, hike, garden, laugh, read, and wish for snow... because winter is my favorite season! I know this is where I am meant to be, and I am so excited to be HOME! Roll Tide!

 

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Ms. Jessica Farthing  World History

Jessica Farthing started working for GCPS in 2017. She grew up in Chesterfield County, just south of the city of Richmond. She graduated from Meadowbrook High School then continued the family tradition by becoming a Hokie. She attended Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor’s in History with a Minor in Russian Studies. She stayed at the best school in the country to get her  Master’s in Education and Curriculum.

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Mr. Shane Allen  CCEC Middle School

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Miss. Allison Deel - Band Director

Miss Deel currently serves as Band Director of Galax City Public Schools. Before coming to Galax, Miss Deel held the band director position at Graham Middle & High Schools, in Bluefield, and before that held the band director position in Bland County. 

Miss Deel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with Teacher Licensure, from Bluefield College. Her primary instrument is flute. However, she also plays piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, piano, as well as sings.                                                                  

During her time at Bluefield College, she performed in many instrumental ensembles, including the Bluefield College Chamber Ensemble, Bluefield College Concert Band, and Bluefield College Community Orchestra.  She has also performed in the choral ensembles of the non-auditioned choir Bluefield Singers, as well as the auditioned choir Variations.  As a member of Variations, Miss Deel toured Austria, in summer of 2010, and in the summer of 2011, was part of a larger choir who had the privilege of performing the Brahms Requiem at Lincoln Center, in New York. 

Before attending Bluefield College, Miss Deel attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. While there, she marched for one semester with the Liberty University “Spirit of the Mountain” Marching Band, where she played piccolo. 

Miss Deel is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association, and the Virginia Music Educators’ Association.  Miss Deel is a founding member, principal flute player, and secretary of the State Line Wind Symphony, based in Bristol, VA. Miss Deel is also the current secretary for District 7 of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association.

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Mrs. Sena Parks - Business Information

Mrs. Sena Parks has lived in Galax all of her life, she is a 1992 graduate of Galax High School.  She is married with 2 wonderful daughters.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Radford University in 1996. She worked in sales and marketing for 10 years before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Liberty University in 2007. She then began teaching in the Grayson County School System in 2010, while teaching and working in technology there she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology for Liberty University in 2017. Mrs. Parks loves teaching Business and Technology to all grade levels and is very happy to be doing so back “home” at Galax High School. 

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Mrs. Lynn Justice - Librarian

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Mrs. Guynn grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she graduated from J.R. Tucker High School in 2003. She then moved to Blacksburg to attend Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology in 2007, followed by a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education in 2009.

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Mrs. Eileen Colonna CCEC Elementary

 

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Mrs. Karen Adams - Library Aide

Mrs. Adams is a native of Galax, VA and graduated from Galax High School.  She has lived in Galax most of her life with the exception of a short period in the Washington, D.C. area.  She has two daughters who also graduated from Galax High School.

 

She began her work with Galax City Schools at the Middle School in 2001, as the Resource Aide.  In 2011, she transferred to the Galax High School Library where she is currently the library aide.

 

“I love to read, so working in the library surrounded by books is wonderful!  I love to see students get excited when they find a book they are eager to dive into.”

 

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