Marjorie West

Lakewood, CO | Years Taught: 1969 – Present

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.

Additional Recognition

  • 1994 • Colorado Teacher of the Year
  • 1994 • National Teacher Hall of Fame finalist
  • 1994 • National Teacher of the Year finalist
  • 1994 • Valley Forge Teacher’s Medal of Excellence (National Award) awarded by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge
  • 1988 • Trailblazer Award for Honorary Alumna, University of Northern Colorado