Education & Social Sciences

Education - Faculty

Manchester University's education faculty is devoted to teaching. All draw upon their classroom experiences as well as current research and trends in education to enhance their instruction. They work closely with candidates in their classes as well as other University faculty. Education faculty members also serve the candidates as academic advisors.
Heather Schilling 2019

Dr. Heather Schilling
Director of Teacher Education, Professor of Education

Dr. Schilling earned her B.A. degree in 1990 from Manchester University, her M.A. of Administration in 1998 from Indiana Purdue University, Fort Wayne and her Ed.D. from Ball State University in 2011. She joined the Manchester University faculty in 2003. Her areas of interest and expertise include social studies and language arts secondary education, elementary education, children's literature, reading, and adolescent learners. She is especially interested in project based learning and the bridge between high school and college. Dr. Schilling loves to spend time with her family, traveling, and baking. 


Dr. Stacy Stetzel
Chair, Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Stetzel earned her B.S. degree in Education with a specialization in reading in 1998 from the University of Saint Francis.  She completed her Masters of Education in 2003 from Indiana Wesleyan University, specializing in curriculum development.  Dr. Stetzel’s Ph.D. was earned in 2015 from Indiana State University with a concentration in administration and leadership.  Her current areas of research include science education, curriculum and assessment, and the transition from practitioner to administrator.  Classes taught by Dr. Stetzel include elementary education methods, assessment, corrective reading, and foundations.  In her spare time, she enjoys running and biking with her family.  


Heidi Wieland
Field Experience and Assessment Coordinator

Ms. Wieland received her B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2001 from Saint Joseph's College.  Prior to joining the Manchester University Education Department in 2014, she spent time as a supervisor at a juvenile detention center, a felony probation officer and most recently, spent over nine years as a legal assistant.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching her two children, Kaidyn and Trey, in their various sports and extra-curricular activities, baking, working out, camping, vacationing and spending time with her family.


 Kurt Kurtzhals
 Assistant Professor of Education

Professor Kurtzhals earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Purdue University with an endorsement in Kindergarten in 1996.  He completed his Master of Education in 2003 from Boston University, specializing in Character and Ethics Education.  After teaching in early childhood and early elementary classrooms in Indiana, Illinois, and Massachusetts for 18 years, Professor Kurtzhals returned to his North Manchester roots in 2014.  Professor Kurtzhals joined the Manchester University Education Department in 2015.  Professor Kurtzhals teaches the Introduction to Special Education course, as well as, all Mild Interventions and High Ability courses.  He also teaches Creativity in the Classroom, a course that allows him to incorporate both his love for music and his local farm into the university learning process.  Professor Kurtzhals also enjoys working with the women's basketball program at MU as a volunteer assistant coach.

Potts, Mistie
Mistie Potts
Assistant Professor of Education

Professor Potts earned her B.S. degree in Elementary Education, with a specialization in early childhood and kindergarten, in 2000 from Indiana University at the Fort Wayne campus.  She completed her Masters of Educational Psychology in 2013 from Ball State University, specializing in high ability and gifted learners.  After twelve years of teaching elementary school in Indiana, and several years providing assessments as an educational diagnostician for two school districts, as well as one year as a behavioral therapist, Professor Potts began teaching at the college level. Professor Potts is a lifetime learner and continues to pursue her PhD through Ball State University, specializing in research methods and gifted education. Her current areas of research include perceived creativity, the satiation of curiosity, juvenile delinquency, and suicidal ideation among adolescents. Being a local resident, Professor Potts enthusiastically joined the Manchester University team in 2018. Classes taught by Professor Potts include educational psychology, research methods in education, classroom management/conflict resolution, building communities in schools, general methods for adolescent learners, and teachers in today’s schools.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, refinishing furniture, playing with her French bulldogs, and spending time with her family.