The school suffered from low student achievement and high truancy when Marple arrived. She instituted the state's first full-day kindergarten program, provided music, art and dance instruction to all students, and moved test scores from the 22nd percentile to over the 75th percentile.
Tiskelwah became a National Blue Ribbon School, and Marple's success there prompted Kanawha Board of Education members to name her county superintendent in 1993.
Marple would be the county's fifth superintendent in six years.
In a February 2011 interview with the Daily Mail, Marple said her time as Kanawha superintendent was marked by "dramatic improvement" in test scores and student achievement. She said the county also went from a funding deficit to operating in the black, and voters passed the first bond sale in 30 years.
Her tenure as county superintendent would last only five years, however.
Current Kanawha School Board President Pete Thaw was elected to the board in 1998 -- unseating then-Kanawha board president Priscilla Haden -- a year after mounting a successful campaign against a $98 million school bond sale.
Thaw's school board campaign focused on fiscal responsibility. He questioned out-of-state travel expenses, pay raises and the number of county-level administrators employed by the school system. He promised voters he would work to eliminate up to 12 administrative positions and save the county as much as $1.5 million.
Voters backed the candidate, giving him over 9,200 votes to lead the ticket.
After battling Thaw on his proposed cutbacks, Marple and her deputy superintendent, Jack McClanahan, resigned, and assistant superintendent Rebecca Goodwin retired in August 1998, about a month after Thaw was sworn in.
Soon after her resignation, Marple spent six years as principal of Garnett Career Center. She oversaw renovation of the school and expansion of its programs before moving on to the state Department of Education in 2004.
Then-state superintendent Dave Stewart, who was treasurer for Kanawha Schools when Marple was superintendent, hired her as assistant state superintendent for school improvement.
She became assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction under state Superintendent Steve Paine and stepped up to deputy superintendent after McClanahan retired from that post in 2010.
On Thursday, Marple did not speak about what she might do after her firing.
Hours after she was fired, the board appointed deputy superintendent Chuck Heinlein as acting superintendent. Linger also suggested the board vote to elect Dr. James Phares, the current superintendent of Randolph County, as the full-time state superintendent.
That vote is planned for a Wednesday meeting.
Staff writer Dave Boucher contributed to this report.