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educator , college reading program director

Barbara Lee Cheek, American college reading program director, educator. Certified elementary and secondary education teacher, Washington. Recipient Faculty Development award Higher Education State of Washington, 1990-1991.


Cheek, Barbara Lee was born on October 25, 1935 in Springfield, Missouri, United States. Daughter of Curtis Earl and Gertrude Helen (Ahonen) Nelson.


Bachelor in Education cum laude, Pacific Lutheran University, 1957. Postgraduate, University Washington, Seattle, 1962. Master of Arts in Elementary Reading Education, Boise University, Idaho, 1982.

Postgraduate, Eastern Oregon University, 1983. Postgraduate, Seattle University, 1989.


Secretary engineering department Boeing Aircraft Company, Seattle, 1957. Instructor Edmonds (Washington) School District, 1957-1961, Clover Park School District, Tacoma, 1961-1962, Payette (Idaho) School District, 1970-1974. Bookkeeper Cheek Dairy Supply, Payette, 1970-1971.

Instructor Ontario (Oregon) School District, 1975-1979. Professor Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, 1979-1989, Pierce College, Tacoma, 1989-2001, director reading department, 1989-1996. Director Alternative Learning Center at Pierce College, Puyallup, 1996—2001.

Member faculty emeritus Pierce College, since 2001. Instructor Professional Excellence Program Tacoma (Washington) School District, 1994. Private reading tutor and consultant, since 2001.

Leader Stephen Ministries Lutheran Church, since 2003. Secretary Malheur Reading Council, Ontario, 1986—1987. Faculty executive board Treasure Valley Community College Faculty, Ontario, 1986—1988.

Member Peer Evaluation Oregon Development Education, Ontario, 1986. Consultant Tacoma School District Professional Excellence Program, 1993—1994. Executive Pharmanex/Nu-Skin Enterprises, since 1994.

Representative Avon Cosmetics, since 2003.


  • Certified elementary and secondary education teacher, Washington.


Moderator Ontario candidate's fair American Association of University Women, 1985, state secretary, Payette, 1972-1974, secretary Northwest region, 1974, branch president, 1970-1972, 75-77. Board directors Boy Scouts American, Oregon, Idaho, 1971-1984. Deacon, vice president Lutheran Church, 1986.

Member basic literacy steering committee Tacoma, 1992. Member Pierce County Literacy Coalition, Tacoma, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University. Assistant minister Lutheran Church, since 1984, Stephen Minister Leader, 2003-2005, Stephen Minister, since 2002.

Member Spirit Sound Chorus, since 2005, Trinity Cantate choir, since 2009. Member American Association of University Women (chapter president 1970-1972), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Western College Reading Association, Washington State Community College, Faculty Development (state committee), Washington Development Education Association, American Association Women in Comty. and Junior Colleges, Washington Federation of Teachers (faculty executive board), College Reading and Learning Association (pres-elect Washington, Idaho 1998-1999, president Northwest region 1999-2001), Teacher English to Speakers of Other Languages, Spirit of Sound Singers, Sweet Adelines (president Tacoma chapter 2001-2002), International, Alpha Delta Kappa (vice president 1986), Northwest College Reading and Learning Association (president 1999-1900).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: handbell choir, soloist, reading, golf, skiing.


Married Lee Roy Clyde, June 16, 1961. Children: Michael, Paul, Daniel.

Curtis Earl Nelson

Gertrude Helen (Ahonen) Nelson

Lee Roy Clyde

Michael Cheek

Paul Cheek

Daniel Cheek