Jason Gilley received his B.A. in education from Langston University and his M.Ed. in education administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma. In 2009, he joined Tulsa Public schools as a music director at McLain High School where he reestablished a marching band program and served as co-department chair of Fine Arts. He was selected as the McLain Teacher of the Year in 2011. He served as assistant principal at Central before becoming principal.