Marlene Horton was born and raised  in Michigan and lived in the Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior for over 30 years.  She and her late husband, Terry, have four children.  Marlene, Terry and their youngest son, Harry, spent nearly six years living abroad in the United Arab Emirates and Germany.  

Marlene’s passion for working with youth prompted her educational and professional journey: she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with English as a major, a Master of Arts degree in K-12 Guidance and Counseling, and a Master of Arts degree in K-12 School Administration, all from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.  Ms. Horton began her career in 1991 teaching literature, writing, and speech in grades 9-12.  During this time, she also served as Head of English, as a Master teacher, and as a mentor for new teachers.  Ms. Horton’s leadership roles include: 9-12 Principal, K-12 Principal,  leadership consultant, teacher trainer for kindergarten schools, and early years reading specialist.  Ms. Horton also served in and across multiple K-12 schools as a Senior Leadership Training Specialist in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Most recently, Marlene  resumed her role as principal of Horizons Alternative High School for the CLK school district in Calumet, MI. 


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


Ms. Horton is looking forward to leading and serving our school family here in Manama. She is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for educating youth and preparing them to be successful world citizens and is keen to become a long-term member of our community.