Mary West was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated from Florida State with an Art Education degree. West moved to Palm Beach County right after she graduated and started teaching art at Grove Park Elementary for 18 years. After she taught art at Golden Grove Elementary for 5 years and is now currently teaching at Limestone Creek Elementary. She has been teaching in the Palm Beach County for 33 years, and has no plans to retire. West enjoys painting murals on the walls at school and building sculptures from various materials. Her favorite medium is watercolor, but enjoys having the students explore many mediums in her classroom, from clay to painting & drawing to weaving baskets.