Marlene Ann Horton

About The Principal


Marlene Horton, our Principal for Global Bilingual Academy wants everyone in our Global Bilingual school family to know how happy she is to be here and how much she looks forward to serving the students, families, and her colleagues this coming school year. She has looked forward to Kuwait since her first visit in 2014 and is looking forward to a very positive experience for all.

Ms. Marlene was born and raised in the state of Michigan in the United States, and spent more than 30 years and most of her professional career in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Marlene and her husband had four children.

From 2008 until 2014, Ms. Marlene, her youngest son, and her husband embarked on a personal and professional journey, first to the United Arab Emirates, and then to Germany.

From an early age, Ms. Marlene has had a passion for working with young people and helping them to learn and grow. Her professional journey began with her own education: A Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Secondary Education with English as a major; a Master of Arts in Education degree in K-12 Guidance and Counseling, and a Master of Arts in Education in K-12 School Administration – all from Northern Michigan University.

In 1991, Ms. Marlene began her educational career as a teacher of English – literature, writing and speech. Within 3 years, she was promoted to Head of Department, and served as a Master teacher and mentor for new teachers.

Ms. Marlene continued to move into educational leadership and her roles in the United States and Abu Dhabi, UAE, included: Principal for grades 9-12, Principal for grades K-12, Senior Leadership Consultant and teacher trainer for Kindergarten schools, early years reading specialist, and Senior Leadership Training Specialist K-12, and Lead Professional development writer.

Ms. Marlene’s interests include spending time with family and close friends, a variety of outdoor activities, cooking, reading, travel, and embracing new experiences and challenges – both personally and professionally.

Principal Message

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are looking forward to another successful and enjoyable year ahead of us. Our commitment at Global Bilingual Academy is to ensure a safe, intellectually challenging, and rewarding environment for our students. We strive to develop the whole child: academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.

We are a special school for many reasons. We have fantastic students who are all different and all unique; supportive parents who deeply care about their children success and daily encourage them to be the best they can possibly be in everything; and dedicated multinational school staff who are passionate about your children’s education and work diligently on building positive relationships with our students, parents, and community. We believe that all of us must work together as one team to ensure success for all our students.

This year we have several areas of focus in our efforts to increase the positive impact we have on the learning, growth, and well-being of our students:

  • Focused school improvement goals designed to increase our students’ knowledge and ability across all subjects.
  • Intensified focus on professional development for our teachers to enhance best practices for student learning and participation.
  • Assessments for students designed to inform teachers about student progress so teachers can target instruction to students’ needs.
  • A wide variety of enriching activities to enrich the school experience for your child.

I am honored to be Principal at Global Bilingual Academy and look forward to serving all stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, and local community, for many years to come. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me: my door is always open.

I would like to thank you once again for entrusting us with your children. Moreover, I wish you all a wonderful school year!

Warm Regards,
Marlene Horton
Global Bilingual Academy
Mahboula, Kuwait
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.