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 Federal Programs, Grants, and Accountability
Mrs. Sarah Byrd is a graduate of Carroll County High School who has returned to the area after living and working in Henry County and Martinsville City. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration with an endorsement to teach from Radford University, a Masters of Education in Reading from Averett University, and a Certificate in School Leadership with an Administration and Supervision PreK-12 endorsement from James Madison University. She has worked as a Human Resource manager in manufacturing. She taught CTE classes, middle school English, worked as a reading specialist and as an ITRT and most recently was the Director of Human Resources, Communications, and Community Outreach for Martinsville City Public Schools. She is excited to use her skills to contribute to and support the great things that are happening in Galax City Public Schools.
Director of Special Education / Homeless Liaison
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. After graduation, she returned home to Farmville where she taught for four years. In 2016, she moved to Woodlawn, Virginia and joined Maroon Tide Nation. She worked as a third and fourth grade special education teacher for three years, as well as lead special education teacher and Student Assistance Team Coordinator. In 2019, she earned her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision and became the Galax Middle School Assistant Principal. In May 2020, she was appointed the Director of Special Education for Galax City Public Schools.
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!”
Director 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 and Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. 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 Director 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.”
Director of Instruction / Title IX Coordinator
Adam is extremely excited to join the Galax City Public School system as the Director of Instruction. After graduating from Carroll County High School (class of ’86), Adam attended Radford University for both his Bachelors and Master’s degrees. Adam joins GCPS after spending the last 5+ years in Pulaski County as principal at Dublin Middle School and Pulaski Middle School. Before his time in Pulaski County, he was an assistant principal at Carroll County High School. Prior to that, he taught civics and special education at Woodlawn School and Carroll County Middle School.
“Being able to work with the students and staff at Galax City Public Schools is an awesome opportunity,” Adam said. He goes on to say “Galax has so much to offer as a community and the school division is a big part of that. It is a great place to teach and learn. To be able to join this team and be a part of the great things happening here is truly a blessing.”
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.”
Coordinator of Human Resources / Clerk of the Board
Mrs. Ramey is a graduate of Carroll County High School who has spent her entire career in Galax City Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bluefield College. She worked at Galax Middle School for twenty four years teaching middle school science. She enriched the lives of her students by coordinating numerous field trips and providing educational enrichment opportunities through activities funded through 21st Century grants. She transitioned to the role of Human Resource Coordinator to continue her dedication to the division by supporting the current teachers and staff and helping to hire the most qualified staff to serve the students of Galax City Public Schools.
Mr. B.K. Walker is a native of Big Stone Gap, VA where he was a 1988 graduate of Powell Valley High School. He went on to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In 2004, he began teaching in Wise County Schools for four years. During his time in Wise County, he pursued his Master’s Degree in School Counseling. From there, he began working for Washington County Schools for seven years as a School Counselor at Patrick Henry High School, Meadowview Elementary School, and Holston High School. In 2013 Mr. Walker completed his Educational Specialist Degree in Education and Administration. In the summer of 2016, he was named the Assistant Principal at Fort Chiswell High School for one year, then transferring to Rural Retreat High School for the next three years as their Assistant Principal.
Galax High School Principal
Mr. Byrd, a 1988 graduate of Galax High School comes to Galax City Public Schools after working in Henry County, Virginia as the principal of Magna Vista High School. Mr. Byrd earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in Textile and Apparel Management. He came to education after spending 13 years in the textile industry. He has also served as assistant principal and athletic director at Magna Vista and at Laurel Park Middle School. He worked in central office as a curriculum coordinator after having taught middle school science for five years at Fieldale Collinsville Middle School. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science. Mr. Byrd earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Education also from Radford. Mr. Byrd is very excited to return home to serve the Galax community as principal of Galax High School.
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
Patrick Puckett attended Carroll County High School and graduated in 2003. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Radford University in 2008. In 2009, Mr. Puckett began his first year of teaching at Floyd County High School as a Social Studies teacher. Following seven years at Floyd County High School, Patrick taught Civics at John Dalton Intermediate School in Radford from 2016-2018. During his time teaching in Radford, he attended Radford University and completed his graduate work in the Educational Leadership program in 2018. Mr. Puckett started his career at Galax High School as the Economics and Personal Finance Teacher from 2018-2020. On August 12, 2020 Mr. Puckett was named the Assistant Principal of Galax Middle School. He is very excited to be the Assistant Principal at Galax Middle School and glad to be a part of the Galax community!
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!
Galax Elementary Assistant Principal
Ms. Blair has been teaching math since she graduated from Emory and Henry College in 2008. She started teaching at Fort Chiswell Middle School before transitioning to Carroll County High School in 2010. Her final transfer before making her way to Galax Elementary was to George Wythe High School for the 2019-2020 school year. While teaching, she completed two Masters Degrees at Radford University. The first was in Math Education (2011) and the second in Educational Leadership (2018).
“I have already felt the strong sense of community and family in Galax. I am thankful to be part of such an amazing team!
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.
School Social Worker
Sydney is so excited to start her role of school social worker for Galax Schools. She is a native of Galax, Virginia graduating from GHS in 2013. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 2017. She will complete her Master of Social Work degree with ETSU in December 2021.
Sydney began working in Galax Schools in 2017 as a counselor and joined the GCPS team as a Special Education Teacher in December of 2020. “I’m overjoyed to be able to serve our students in this new position. I’ve always been passionate about my hometown and community, and to work in this capacity is a dream come true. I feel fortunate to work with such an amazing team to not only help our students become well rounded academically for their future, but to help also teach them valuable life skills to make them kind and generous humans to others and themselves.”
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.