Marlayna Pence graduated from the University of Kansas with an Education degree in Physical Science and a minor in Biology. She earned her teaching certificate from Judson College in Illinois. She has taught in a traditional school setting for five years (four years in the high school and one year in middle school) and non-traditional setting for another five years with various ages. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Marlayna and her family relocated to Knoxville almost three years ago after serving at a Christian International School in Colombia for a few years.
Marlayna is married to Steve and have three children and are also foster parents. Her family enjoys exploring the region by visiting different parks, hiking, and camping.