Gayles-Felton received a bachelor’s degree from Fort Valley State College, a master’s from Columbia University, and a doctoral degree in education from Indiana University. She also attended Oregon State University, Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Fisk University.
Gayles-Felton is a prolific writer in the areas of student learning and teaching effectiveness. She has published three books, four monographs, 59 articles, and numerous book reviews and research studies.
This master teacher retired in June 2003. “The 55 years of teaching were enjoyable, challenging, productive and profitable; it was an adventure I would readily repeat if I had the opportunity to live my life over. I love teaching,” she said.