Delynne West began her career in 1992 teaching grades K - 7 at various schools in
the Bryant Public School district, but has considered Springhill Elementary her home
since 1995. As an active elementary music specialist, she has been a cooperating teacher
for OBU Music Education student interns since 2013. She joined Ouachita as an Adjunct
Instructor in 2019, teaching Elementary Music Methods and Introduction to Music Education.
Mrs. West actively improves her craft by attending conferences and earning various
certifications. She served on the board of the Arkansas Music Education Association
for 10 years as a Region Chair and Secretary, and has been a facilitator for the UA
Little Rock National Board Support Center since 2006, working with countless educators
earning National Board Certification. She is also a frequent facilitator for Bryant
Music Specialist workshops.
The West family includes her husband John and two daughters, Madelynne and Veronica
(class of 2024). They enjoy traveling and spending time with their “dance family”
by attending Country Western Dance events.
What do you like most about your field?
The best part of my job is watching five year olds who are just learning how to express
themselves grow into eleven year olds with distinct personalities and creative abilities.
I’m learning the relationships at the collegiate level are just as precious and involve
just as many milestones.
Why did you enter the teaching profession?
Music connects me to my most important relationships. I want others to enjoy making
music, moving to music, being inspired by music, and creating relationships through
What is a favorite moment of working with students at Ouachita?
Some of my favorite moments have been connecting with students outside the classroom
and attending their performances. I love seeing them perform and worship with such
Areas of Expertise
Introduction to Music Education
Elementary Music Methods and Materials
Church Music Education 1
National Board Certified Teacher since 2005
Master Professional Educator (AR Department of Education)