Gayle is a northwest native who is married to her husband, Rick, a volcanologist at The U.S. Geological Survey. Rick and Gayle have two children, Sean and Katie. Gayle has been teaching at The Gardner School with The Early Childhood Program since 1996. She studied Early Childhood Education at Clark College from 1995-1998. Gayle is in a performing marimba band and she enjoys being with her family, gardening, cross country skiing, and relaxing in Bend whenever there is an opportunity .