About The Principal
Marlene Horton, our Principal 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.
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, I begin by extending a warm welcome infused with the hope that you had a safe and healthy summer.
What I have always loved the most about my career choice is the people I have worked with: First and foremost – students – the young people I have encountered over the years have continually taught and inspired me to learn and grow in much the same way that we, as educators, endeavor to teach our students to learn and grow. Parents and colleagues also continue to inspire me to continue to find ways to balance solid educational practices with ethical delivery of a quality education infused with a caring, human touch. I consider myself fortunate to look forward to coming to school every day. A famous philosopher once said, “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” This is true for me. In addition to the people I get to interact with every day, it is the continuous challenge that keeps me engaged and delighted to be here with you and your children.
2020 has been more challenging than most years – for all of us. We have had to adjust our routines in nearly every aspect of our lives and that includes the way we educate our most precious people – our children. While virtual learning is certainly a change from our normal routine, our staff have been busy since this past spring engaging in learning and planning to make this a successful year for all. By our September start, most of our teachers have become experienced in online teaching and learning; they have delivered three sessions of online education, in April/May, in July (summer school) and again in August/early September. Additionally, we have planned, prepared, and launched our first year of high school with our Grade 9 class.
Teachers have been particularly thinking about how to develop relationships with and among students and families. We know that social engagement is vitally important for well-functioning classrooms. To help with developing social engagement, our activities coordinator has developed activities that are simple, yet effective to participate in a virtual environment. We encourage you to watch for announcements in your weekly newsletter and posted on teacher’s streaming page.
As the year continues, we will continually work to improve the quality of our academic delivery and to find new ways to help our students feel like they belong in meaningful ways. In addition to the efforts of our teaching staff and administration, our counselors are here for our students and their families to assist with suggestions for a successful virtual experience and to provide support to both students and families as the need arises.
I continue to consider it an honor to serve our families and look forward to a challenging, unique, and rewarding school year for all.
Yours in education,
Global Bilingual Academy
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.