Zebedee Talley Jr. joined the Martinsville City Public Schools in 1978. He was hired by the late Martinsville Vice-Mayor Clyde Williams. He is a 1974 graduate of George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia. Talley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Social Science from Elon University with significant course work in Religion. He is a charter member and Past President of Alpha Chi and a member of Pi Gamma Mu. Talley was a Summa Cum Laude Graduate and co-founder of the Elon College Gospel Choir. He received his Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University in 1994 and was named Student of the Year. In 2009, he graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.
Talley served as a history teacher, gifted teacher, and U.S. Government teacher at Martinsville High School for 15 years. In addition, he coached track, cross country, basketball, and founded the Martinsville High School Gospel Choir. Talley later served as Vice-Principal at Martinsville High School and Martinsville Middle School. He also served as Co-Principal at Martinsville Middle School. Later, he served as principal of Patrick Henry Elementary School. Talley was the recipient of The Teacher of the Year Award at Martinsville High School in 1990, the NAACP Clyde Williams Award, and several Piedmont District Coach of the Year Awards. He was the recipient of the Samuel S. Trott Educational Award presented by the NAACP in 2017.
In addition, he has pastored the United Holiness Worship Center Church in Pelham, North Carolina for the past 34 years while serving in the ministry for over 44 years. All of his teaching experience has been with Martinsville City Public Schools. He is married to Patricia and they have three children, Zeb III, Chris, Ashley, and nine grandchildren.
Working with Martinsville City Public Schools has been a great experience especially teaching students, their children and now working with grandchildren. It has been a pleasure watching our division change and grow. Education will always be a vital part of our community!