Born in New York, Gail Randolph came to California in 1944. Her father had been drafted into WWII, and so her family moved to a small apartment close to her aunt and uncle. She attended Los Angeles public schools, receiving a first-rate, hands-on elementary school education.
The family bought their first house in the city of Lakewood with a $10 down payment. Her parents built their own home in Glendora, where she finished high school and attended Citrus Junior College while still living at home.
Throughout her schooling, Gail participated in leadership activities and training. California’s low-cost education in those years enabled her to continue on to San Jose State University, and in 1962 she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Elementary Science minor and a Lifetime Teaching Credential.
Gail taught 2nd through 8th grades for nearly 40 years. She followed her interest and passion to work with those who faced challenges, befriending and motivating them toward greater achievement and finding their personal expression in the world. She earned a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 1993. She was interested in communication skills, problem solving, and conflict resolution, which were always a part of her curriculum. For nearly a decade, she worked with gifted and talented junior high school students. She loved the rich cultural environment of Northern California, with people from all over the world present in her classrooms. When she wasn’t traveling, the world was with her.
Loving children and students comes easily. Parenting her foster son is a great joy of her life.
As an advocate of Peace, she has spoken and acted for peace throughout her adult years. She is a member of a Peace Circle, meeting monthly, for more than twenty five years.
Her other major interests are good talks with friends, viewing and collecting California art, and outdoor activities, including hiking in the scenic open spaces of Northern California, and planting and nurturing trees, particularly the beloved redwoods.
She speaks of the benefits that education brought to her by saying: “Having a college education is the singular thing to which I can attribute my success and well being. Because of my education, I have the friends that I have, own my home, have health insurance, have the means to travel, and live with good health and ease.”