Marjorie E. West

In 1987, Marge West became the first blind teacher in
Colorado to be allowed to continue to teach in the regular classroom
with a guide dog, “Rush,” and full-time aide.

West believes in the African proverb that it takes a village to raise
a child, and so works to encourage parental involvement and to build
school/business partnerships. West has taught first graders at Glennon
Heights Elementary School in Lakewood, Colorado since 1969. Prior to
that, she held teaching assignments in Killeen, Texas; Great Bend,
Kansas; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; El Paso District 11 in Colorado, and
  Weisbaden, Germany.

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of
Northern Colorado and completed post-graduate work at Louisiana State
University and the University of New Orleans. She is currently a guest
lecturer in Reading for the University of Northern Colorado.

Special Recognition


Commencement Speaker, University of Northern Colorado


Coordinator of the 1995 Colorado State Teacher Forum


Colorado Teacher of the Year


NTHF finalist


National Teacher of the Year finalist


Valley Forge Teacher’s Medal of Excellence (National Award) awarded by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge


Three-year Appointment to State Accountability Committee


Trailblazer Award for Honorary Alumna, University of Northern Colorado