Marlon Gayle has traveled the world and even lived in India for over three years.
These past three years, he served as the assistant principal at Bear Creek High in Stockton, and has taught World History, English, Reading and Geography in the Lodi Unified School District.
Gayle, who has a doctorate in Education Administration from the University of the Pacific, is now the new as principal at Colony Oak School, taking over from Amie Carter.
She relocated with her family to Marin County, accepting a K-8 principal job in that area.
Gayle is a native of San Joaquin County, earning his bachelor’s degree in International Studies and his masters in Curriculum and Instruction at UOP.
“I’m privileged to be the new principal at Colony Oak,” Gayle said at the June 10 school board meeting.
He was joined by his family, including his wife, Genessa, who is currently a law student at Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law. They have a 14-month-old son and are looking forward to relocating their home in Ripon.
As an educator, Gayle’s experience consists of certification in single subject social studies along with project based learning, gifted and talented students, multi-cultural education, afterschool programs, and, of course, administration.
Outside of his role as an educational leader, he and his wife are also youth pastors at Lighthouse of the Valley Church in Stockton.
Over the years, Gayle has traveled to 11 different countries, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, England and Mexico. He studied abroad and spent 3 ½ years conducting social work in India.
Gayle is eager to begin his new challenge of serving the Colony Oak teachers, students, and community.