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6th GradeRSS

Mark Robinson - Science

Mr. Robinson grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Park View High School in 1979. He went on to study at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York where he earned a certificate in biblical studies in 1980. Mr. Robinson continued his education at Liberty University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in elementary education. Since beginning his teaching career he has completed coursework in science and mathematics at Bluefield College, Emory & Henry College, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Mr. Robinson began his teaching career at Emmanuel Christian School in Manassas, Virginia where he taught 5th and 6th grades for four years. In 1990, he moved to Galax where he taught fourth and fifth grades until he moved with the fifth grade to Galax Middle School in 2000. Mr. Robinson has taught fifth grade science from 2000 to the present.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with students in the middle grades, and I especially enjoy teaching and learning science with them. Their enthusiasm for scientific investigation is a joy.”

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Mrs. Jessica Farina - Math

Jessica Farina is our sixth grade math teacher at Galax Middle School. She grew up in neighboring Grayson County where she graduated from Grayson County High School in 1994.  Mrs. Farina received an Associate Degree from Wytheville Community College before continuing her studies at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.  Here she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with endorsements in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Prior to teaching in Galax, Mrs. Farina worked ten years for the Grayson County School System.  She began her career at the elementary level with teaching experiences in the second, fourth, and fifth grades. For the past five years her area of concentration has been middle school math.

 

“I realize that math is difficult for many students. It is my goal to make math concepts easier to understand, so students can master their SOL objectives. I would like for each of them to enjoy math.”

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Mrs. Cathy Parks - English/Reading

Mrs. Parks grew up in the twin county area and graduated from Independence High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early/Middle Education from Radford University in 1990. She taught Eighth Grade English and Art 8 at Independence Middle School for ten years. In 2000, she began her teaching career at Galax Middle School as the art teacher. Two years later, she became the Sixth Grade Language Arts teacher.

Mrs. Parks is a strong believer in lifelong learning. Over the years, she has earned her Master of Art in Education degree in Reading from Emory & Henry College and has completed additional coursework at Radford University, earning her the Administration K-12 endorsement. She also holds endorsements in middle school social studies, middle school math, and Algebra I.

When she is not in school, she enjoys spending time hiking and traveling with her husband, Marty, and two sons, Trevor and Graham.

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Mr. Chad Stanley - History

Mr. Stanley has lived most of his life in the Fries area of Grayson County.  He graduated from Grayson County High School in 1990.  He then earned his bachelor of science degree from Radford University.  Mr. Stanley began his teaching career at Galax Middle School in 1994 where he has taught until present.  During these years, Mr. Stanley has taught sixth grade U.S. History and seventh grade Civics and Economics.  Mr. Stanley's goals for his students include helping them become engaged in government and the political processes of our great country.

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