JOSEPH G. MARLEY
Joseph Marley graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Winona, MN in 1994. After a year of substitute teaching he and his wife Sharon Marley joined the United States Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Over the next 4 years Mr. Marley found success in areas of sustainable development. Led by Mr. Marley’s innovations the Agriforestry program in Peace Corps Niger changed the methodologies used to teach improved farming practices. During his last two years in Niger, Mr. Marley taught over eighty-five volunteer trainees in instructional methodologies, cultural sensitivity, and day-to-day living in Niger.
In 1999 Mr. Marley and his wife Sharon returned back to the United States and moved to Alaska. During the summers of 1999, 2000, and 2001, Mr. Marley managed the Russian River Ferry in Cooper Landing, Alaska. In the fall of 1999 he began working for the Yukon-Koyukuk School district as a generalist teacher working with students in grades 5-12. In 2001 Mr. Marley was elevated to the role of principal/teacher of the Ella B. Vernetti School in Koyukuk, Alaska. From 2001 to 2004 Mr. Marley led an academic program that integrated traditional life styles with a rigorous academic program. It was for his work as principal/teacher that he earned the 2003-2004 Small School Principal of the Year Award from the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals.
While working as the principal/teacher in Koyukuk, AK Mr. Marley identified a need for distance delivery courses for low-level readers. During the Christmas break of the 2002-2003 school year Mr. Marley began developing online courses for students who were not successful in the tradition classroom setting. His courses utilized resources meeting national high school standards but with content written at the 4th to 6th grade reading level. In 2004 Mr. Marley, his wife Sharon, and their three children moved back to the Midwest to be closer to family. The Yukon-Koyukuk school district offered Mr. Marley a position as a distance delivery teacher even through he was moving back to Wisconsin. From 2004 till the present Mr. Marley has taught a live videoconference science course daily to 6 or more rural sites of the Yukon-Koyukuk School district. He also developed Alaska Independent Distance Education which currently serves over 400 students from across the United States, offering them a choice of 21 courses in all areas of study. In 2009 Mr. Marley earned his Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. Today Mr. Marley continues to find ways to provide more and better resources to the students of the Yukon-Koyukuk School district and across the nation.