Susan is delighted to return home to the mountains! She was born and raised in Marion, Virginia and is a proud Virginia Tech Hokie with a degree in elementary education. She earned a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Virginia and also completed her endorsement in Administration & Supervision there as well.
Ms. Tilley comes to Galax City Schools from Newport News Public Schools where she spent 27 years serving in various roles. She began her career as a middle school English and social studies teacher before becoming a middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Secondary School Leadership.
Susan shared, “I am unbelievably excited to join the Galax Schools family! Maroon Tide pride and a tradition of excellence are hallmarks of this exceptional school division. I look forward to working and learning alongside the students, faculty, families, and community.”
Director of Support Services
Jeff is a native of Galax, Virginia and a 1987 graduate of Galax High School. He graduated from Radford University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Jeff began his career with Galax City Public Schools in 2000 as the Director of Support Services overseeing the Transportation Department, Maintenance Department and Office of School Nutrition Programs. Jeff shared, “It is a pleasure to serve my community in the school system I attended.”
Dr. Frances Turpin
Director of Student Services
Dr. Turpin is from Buchanan County, Virginia where she graduated from Whitewood High School in 1977. She attended UVA Wise and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Secondary Education in 1993. Dr. Turpin then continued her graduate studies at Radford University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychology in 1995 and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology in 1996. In 2004, Dr. Turpin was accepted into the Educational Leadership Program at Virginia Tech, and graduated with at Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education in 2009.
Dr. Turpin began her educational career as a school psychologist in Surry County, North Carolina after her graduation from Radford University. Since that time, she has worked as a school psychologist in various school divisions in the region, including Pulaski County, Henry County, Montgomery County, Grayson County, and Galax City Schools. In 2010 she began serving Galax City Schools as the Director Student Services and Special Education.
Galax High School Principal
Hello everyone, and thank you for visiting the Galax City Public Schools web site. Let me first say how excited I am to be returning to Galax High School. As a graduate of GHS (’79), it is my honor to be back to serve this great school system, the community and, most importantly, the students of Galax. As I enter my 34th year in public education I can say, without hesitation, that I have never been this enthused about the upcoming school year.
Upon graduation from Galax High School, I earned my Bachelors of Business Administration in 1983 from East Tennessee State University. In 1985 I began my teaching career, as a high school mathematics teacher, for Carroll County Public Schools. From there I continued my teaching career with stops in Smyth County, Washington County, Cocke County, TN, and Gordon County, GA. During my years in Georgia I earned a Masters and a Specialists of Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University and it was during this time that I transitioned from the classroom to school administration. In 2011 I returned to the Carroll County School System where I have been a principal for the past seven years.
As a life-long Maroon Tide, I have always believed that Galax City Public Schools is the greatest school system there is. It will be our commitment, from GHS to all stakeholders, that we will give you our best every day for every student to continue being the best.
We are THE Galax Maroon Tide!
Galax High School Assistant Principal
Mr. Stuart attended Carroll County High School. Following high school, Mr. Stuart graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, with a degree in Business Administration. He then went on to receive his Teaching Certification for grades 5-8 from Radford University and his Earth Science endorsement from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He since completed his Master of Arts in Education, his concentration being Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Mr. Stuart returned to the area after his schooling where he taught Earth Science at Galax High School from 1995-2004. He was also coached football, basketball, and softball during his time at GHS. Following his teaching at GHS, Mr. Stuart went to Carroll County High School where he served as Assistant Principal for two years. He returned to the Galax City Public School system in 2006-2015 as Principal as Galax Elementary School. He is now in his 4th year as assistant principal at Galax High School.
Galax Middle School Principal
Justin Iroler is a Carroll County native graduating from Carroll County High School in 1996. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Emory and Henry College in 2000 and began his teaching career at Oakland Elementary School. During his tenure at Oakland Elementary School, Mr. Iroler graduated from Radford University earning his Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Radford University in 2005. After serving the community of Oakland for five years, Mr. Iroler was named the Assistant Principal of Galax Middle School in 2005. He served GMS for five years and was named the Assistant Principal at Galax High School in 2010 and was named Principal of Galax High School in May 2013. He served GHS as Principal for five years and was recently named Principal of Galax Middle School on June 12, 2018.
Mr. Iroler shared, “I am very excited and thankful to be returning to Galax Middle School after serving Galax High School for the past eight years. Student success only derives from a community working together for a common purpose, “the success of all students.” I have always lived by the motto, “You get what you put in” and Galax students, day in and day out, put in the time and effort to make our school system a school community we can all be proud of; and for this, I am grateful.”
Galax Middle School Assistant Principal
Ms. Draper grew up and began her career in education in Farmville, Virginia. After high school, she attended Sweet Briar College to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Master of Education degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education, General Curriculum K-12. After graduation, in 2012, she returned home to Farmville, teaching at Prince Edward County Elementary School. She spent three years teaching K-2 Special Education and spent a year as the district’s Lead Special Education teacher.
In 2016, she moved to Woodlawn, Virginia, had her first child, and built her family. She joined Maroon Tide Nation and worked for three years as a 3rd and 4th grade Special Education Teacher, as well as the Lead Special Education Teacher and Student Assistance Team Coordinator, at Galax Elementary School. During her three years at the elementary school, she worked directly with teachers to co-plan and to differentiate instruction for students with disabilities. She worked on and was able to streamline the school’s Student Assistance Team successfully, Response to Intervention, and Special Education identification processes.
In 2017, Her passion for positive and meaningful school improvement led her to pursue an Administration Degree, opening up opportunities for more significant impact and change. She completed her Master of Education in Administration and Leadership from Averett University in May 2019. Now, she is Galax Middle School’s Assistant Principal!
Ms. Draper shares, “I am passionate about our children and community. Galax City is now my home, and I am proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of so many. Dedication, support, and love are a few words that immediately come to mind when thinking about Galax Schools, its students, families, surrounding community, and employees. Maroon Tide Nation is STRONG!”
Galax Elementary Principal
Mrs. Garvey, formerly Ms. Zipprich, is originally from Illinois and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1991. Mrs. Garvey’s first career was in telecommunications. Upon moving to Galax in 1999, she spent several years as a stay at home mom to her son Alex.
She attended Radford University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education PK-6 with a concentration in Math and Science. Upon graduation, she was employed by Galax City Public Schools as a Fourth Grade Teacher. Mrs. Garvey returned to school in 2011 and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University. In the fall of 2016, Mrs.Garvey accepted a new position as the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Galax City Public Schools.
Mrs. Garvey loves being an educator and is excited to take on her role as Principal at Galax Elementary School. She says, “My greatest joy comes from watching students and teachers grow and reach beyond what they believe is possible. I love Galax City Public Schools and can’t imagine working in a more incredible school system anywhere!”
Galax Elementary Assistant Principal
Carrie Davis’s love for education and children started at a young age as she came from a large family. She has been a mom to many foster children and later had the privilege of adopting one of those. She is a mom of six children and loves her busy life with them.
Mrs. Davis mostly grew up in Pulaski County, Virginia but later relocated to Bluefield, Virginia where she graduated from Graham High School. Mrs. Davis received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Milligan College located in the mountains of Tennessee. She got her first teaching position in Lincoln, Illinois where she was the administrator and teacher of a private PreK. After being homesick Mrs. Davis and her family came back home to Virginia where she began teaching in Carroll County for 13 years. She taught most of those years in Kindergarten but also taught in 2nd and 3rd grade.
In 2019 Mrs. Davis completed her graduate work with Radford University in Educational Leadership. Her vision is “We Are All in This Together” because she feels school, home and community are all integral parts of each student’s life. She is very enthusiastic about joining Galax Elementary School as Assistant Principal and to be a part of the TIDE community!
Coordinator of CTE and Gifted Education
Mrs. Truitt is a native of Galax, Virginia and a graduate of Galax High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Radford University and a Master of Arts in Education from Emory and Henry College where she also obtained certification as a Reading Specialist. Additional coursework at Radford University led to licensure in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Mrs. Truitt began her teaching career in Grayson County where she taught elementary school for 6 years. She later accepted a position with Galax City Public Schools where she served as the Early Intervention Reading teacher and Reading Specialist. In 2011 she became the Assistant Principal at Galax Elementary School and served in that position for 4 years. From 2015-2018, Mrs. Truitt was the Assistant Principal of Galax Middle School, and is now transitioning to the new position of Coordinator of Career Instruction and Coordinator of English/Language Arts K-12.
“I am very proud to be part of such a dynamic and innovative school division. Working within the Galax City Public School system is truly a rewarding experience. The opportunities to learn, grow, and develop professionally are abundant. Each day finds me surrounded by caring colleagues, strong leadership, dedicated parents, and most especially, remarkable children. As a team we work hard to provide our students with experiences to communicate effectively, think critically, collaborate, be creative, and become positive and contributing global citizens. I sincerely enjoy the challenges of education and am passionate about working to continue the success of Galax City Schools.”
Mr. Kohl is a recent product of Galax City Public Schools graduating from Galax High School in 2004. He attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development in 2010. Following a year working as a Therapeutic Daytime Treatment Counselor with Family Preservation Service in Carroll County Public Schools, Mr. Kohl continued his education at James Madison University graduating with his Master of Science in school psychology in 2012. He remains enrolled at JMU where he is in his last year of his Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology which consists of a fulltime internship with Galax City Public Schools.
Along with assisting the schools with his services as a school psychologist intern, Mr. Kohl is also an assistant football coach with the 8th and 9th grade team.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to return home to complete my education. I look forward to working with students and all faculty and administration in creating a safe and enriching learning environment where all can experience success” says Kohl.
Coordinator of Technology and Testing
Mr. Edmonds is a graduate of Carroll County High School. After high school he graduated from Radford University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. He served as a 4th Grade teacher at St. Paul School for 10 years and transitioned to the role of ITRT for Gladeville, Laurel, and Oakland Elementary Schools in Carroll County. Now Mr. Edmonds is serving as Coordinator of Testing and Technology for Galax City Public Schools.
Mr. Edmonds shared, “I am very honored to be working here at Galax City Public Schools. I hope in this new role I can help Galax Schools continue achieving great success and growth. There are a lot of wonderful and exciting things happening around here and I am thrilled to be apart of it.”
Matthew, a Galax native and former GCPS student/part-time employee, has returned to GCPS to work in the IT department full-time. His return to GCPS in his adult life comes after earning a degree in Information Technology after graduating from GHS, along with network industry certification credentials and experience working in the private IT sector following graduation. Technology has been a field of interest for Matthew from an early age and that has continued until today in the K-12 academic setting at Galax City Public Schools
Instructional Technology and Data Resource Teacher
Mrs. Boyer attended Radford University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2008. In 2015, Mrs. Boyer completed her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision at Regent University. Mrs. Boyer’s passion for teaching and technology has lead her to the role of ITRDT.
Dalton Young, a native of Fries, Virginia, graduated from Grayson County High School in 2016 and went on to earn his Associate’s Degree in Information Technology with a Specialization in Networking from Wytheville Community College. With a lifelong interest in technology, Dalton looks forward to a career in technology at Galax City Public Schools, ensuring that technology in the classroom is used to its fullest potential.