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Familiar face to lead Marine Creek Middle School

Ron Gatlin portrait

Ron Gatlin, current Chisholm Trail High School Assistant Principal, has been selected as the new principal of Marine Creek Middle School. Gatlin will take over for current principal Danny Knowles, who is moving into central administration as the Coordinator of Student Services. 

Gatlin earned his bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Oklahoma State University in health and physical education and his Master of Education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2006. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.

Gatlin began teaching in 2004 and has taught at the middle and high school levels. He started in Oklahoma at Mayfield Middle School teaching health and physical education while coaching football and wrestling. Two years later, he moved to Putnam City West High School in Oklahoma and taught anatomy and physiology and biology, while serving as the head wrestling coach and assisting with football, cross country, and softball. In 2009, he started the wrestling program at Byron Nelson High School in Northwest ISD, where he also taught anatomy and physiology, and biology, while also assisting with football for a couple seasons. He became an assistant principal at Tidwell Middle School in Northwest ISD in 2014. He served in that capacity for five years before moving to Chisholm Trail High School as an assistant principal. As a teacher, he was considered to be innovative in the classroom and was nominated the 2012-2013 academic year as the State Teacher of the Year for Technology Integration.

"As a teacher, I carried the motto 'Every Child Every Day' to classroom instruction," Gatlin said. "I believe that every student deserves personal communication and I strived for every child to be able to demonstrate growth every day. As an administrator, I believe in building positive relationships through social emotional learning."  

Gatlin is a certified specialist in Restorative Practices through the National Educators for Restorative Practices (NEDRP) and has been trained by the Texas Education Agency in Restorative Discipline/Practices.  

In his personal time, Gatlin considers his greatest responsibility to be to his family as a husband and father to nine children. 

Gatlin looks forward to his new role in EMS ISD.

"I have spent many years at the middle school level and am eager to be able to join the teachers and staff at Marine Creek Middle School and continue to shape the future for our Mustangs in EMS ISD," he said. 

Knowles will continue to serve as principal at Marine Creek MS through the end of the school year, and will work closely with Gatlin and the administrative team at MCMS to ensure a smooth transition.