Cathie Eileen West Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Cathie Eileen West

Education Writer-Consultant
Routledge Eye On Education Author

Cathie West—an award winning school administrator—has written extensively about leadership effectiveness. The knowledge and skills she shares come from directing exemplary programs for young children, leading nine successful elementary schools, and providing professional development for teachers and principals. Her book themes include leadership development, collaborative problem-solving, and teacher engagement. Writing professionally—to teach, to inspire, to lead—is another interest.


Cathie West has an MS Education Degree and forty-three years of experience as an educator—thirty-six of these as a school administrator. Professional responsibilities have included teaching at the college level; directing special programs, such as Title I, Special Education, and Highly Capable; and coordinating curriculum and staff development for a variety of school districts.

Cathie received the Washington Distinguished Principal Award as the representative from Douglas County in 1998, and as the representative from Snohomish County in 2005. She also merited the Leadership for Student Achievement Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators in 2009. In 2010, Mountain Way—a school Cathie led for eleven years—was designated a School of Distinction by the Center for Educational Effectiveness in collaboration with Phi Delta Kappa (Washington Chapter).

Other activities include serving as an editorial advisor for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (2002–05), Washington State Kappan (2007-13), and the Association of Washington School Principals (2011-13).

Cathie’s books include The Educator’s Guide to Writing a Book: Practical Advice for Teachers and Leaders (Routledge, 2016); The 6 Keys to Teacher Engagement: Unlocking the Doors to Top Teacher Performance (Routledge, 2013); Problem-Solving Tools and Tips for School Leaders (Routledge, 2011); and Leadership Teaming: The Superintendent-Principal Relationship (Corwin Press, 2009) which was co-authored with Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington.

Besides books, Cathie’s writing has appeared in Education Week Teacher: Classroom Q & A, Washington Principal (AWSP), Washington State Kappan (PDK), Principal (NAESP), Communicator (NAESP), and ERS Spectrum. She has also contributed audio interviews to School Leadership Briefing.


    School Administration Program, Portland State University
    Master's Degree in Education, Portland State University
    Bachelor's Degree, University of California at Berkley
    Associate of Arts Degree, Sierra College

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Professional Writing
    Educational Leadership
    Teacher Engagement in the School Renewal Process
    School Leader Effectiveness
    Superintendent-Principal Relationships

Personal Interests

    Cathie West lives with her husband on a farm in northeast Washington where they raise alfalfa, orchard fruit, garden vegetables, and nut trees, The West Farm homestead is shared with giant English Mastiffs, chickens, and in the spring—sheep.


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