Kay received a BS in Education at Arcadia University. This was later followed by a MS in Education from Wheelock College, and further graduate work at Lehigh University. She was a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Title I/gifted teacher, elementary supervisor, and college instructor. She also worked as a consultant at the American International Schools in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt; Israel; Jordan; Torino and Milan, Italy; India; and Nepal. I loved it! I spoke at many conferences. Kay has had 26 of her books have been published including favorites such as "Teeny Tiny Ghost" and "Voices from the Underground Railroad".
Kay was honored by the Northampton County Coordinating Council of Education Associations at their 2005 annual banquet at the Candlelight Inn in Bethlehem. Program Chairwoman Barbara Fowler, Farmersville Elementary School art teacher, presented her with the County Friend of Education Award for support of excellent communication between schools and community. At the banquet, Kay gave a speech and read My Teacher for President while the illustrations were displayed. In accepting the award, she said to the audience, "I feel I should be giving you this honor. Education has always been central to my life. But today, you are the ones offering the welcoming smile, the encouraging word, the gift of reading. You are the ones making a difference."