Gayle is a northwest native who is married to her husband, Rick, a volcanologist at the US Geological Survey. Rick and Gayle have two children, Sean, who is 18 years old attending Western Washington University, and Katie, who is a sophomore in high school. Gayle has been teaching at Gardner with the Early Childhood Program for 14 years. She studied Early Childhood Education at Clark College from 1995-1998. Gayle is in a performing marimba band and enjoys gardening, cross country skiing, and exercising.