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Kay Estelle West, American teacher. Named Outstanding Educator by Illinois Chicago Area Reading Association, 1980; Southern Illinois University George Counts scholar, 1980.


West, Kay Estelle was born on April 3, 1944 in Salt Lake City. Daughter of John Alva and Ellen Jessie West.


Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Phillips University, 1966. Master of Science in Education, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Reading and Language Arts, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1980.


Teacher Highland (Illinois) Community Schools, 1966-1969, Edwardsville Community Schools, 1969-1970, Chicago Board Education, 1971-1973. Staff member The Ecumenical Institute, Chicago, 1971-1974. Instructor, coordinator field experience University Illinois, 1974-1975.

Assistant professor, center coordinator Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1975-1981. Associate professor teacher education Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, 1981-1989. Associate professor emeritus, department teaching education California State University, Long Beach, 1989—2005, website coordinator.

Coordinator reading in-service program, training modules development Chicago Consortium of Colleges and Universities, 1974-1975. Member planning committee Southeast Missouri Children/Young Adults Literature Festival, Cape Girardeau, 1982-1989. Foreign expert Shanghai Teachers University, People's Republic of China, 1987.


  • Other Work

    • Author Cold Feet: How to Get Them Dancing, 1982, Fancy Footwork: The Art of Round Dancing, second edition, 1992, Fancy Figures: Two-Step (Phase I, II, and III), 1992, Fancy Figures: Easy Level Waltz (Phase I, II, and III), 1992, Fancy Figures: Phase III Moderns (Foxtrot, Quickstep, Argentine Tango) with Advanced Variations, 1992, Fancy Figures: Phase III Latins (ChaCha, Rumba, Mambo, Jive) with Advanced Variations, 1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member International Reading Association (coordinator founder Missouri poster contest 1984-1986, program coordinator 18th annual conference 1985, editor newsletter 1983-1984, 1985-1987, editor The Missouri Reader 1985-1988, chair various committees 1983-1989, Research in Reading award 1986), National Council Teachers of English (member 1981-1987, Crystal Cathedral Church, Childrens Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (secretary treasurer 1985-1988, board directors since 1985, editor, 1994-1997, website mgr, 1997-2006, co-historian, since 2007), Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (board directors, since 1998, website manager since 2003), Missouri reading Council, Southeast Missouri reading Council(sponsor, chair varoius committees 1983-1989);Club Roll-A-Ways Square Dance (cuer 1985-1989), SEMO Rondoliers (teacher 1981-1989), Dragon Lode.


  • Other Interests

    Round dancing, tennis, bridge, quilting, needlecrafts, woodworking.


John Alva

Ellen Jessie West