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.
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Why I Teach

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

Dr. Schilling earned her BA degree in 1990 from Manchester University, her MA of Administration in 1998 from Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne, and her Ed.D. from Ball State University in 2011. She joined the Manchester 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 the study of progressive education, culturally responsive teaching, and student athletes. Dr. Schilling enjoys spending time with her family (both at home and at MU), traveling to see the world and friends, mentoring student athletes, and spreading joy with her dogs.


Dr. Stacy Stetzel
Chair, Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Stetzel earned her BS degree in education with specializations in elementary education and reading from the University of Saint Francis. She completed her M.Ed. degree focused on curriculum development at Indiana Wesleyan University.  In 2015, Dr. Stetzel earned her Ph.D. from Indiana State University with concentrations in administration and leadership. Many courses have been developed and taught by Dr. Stetzel since her arrival at Manchester in 2004. In addition to serving as Department Chair, she teaches Exploring Educational Systems, Culturally Responsive Classrooms, and methods courses for teacher candidates. She also mentors teacher candidates in clinical experiences and educational studies interns in professional settings. The outdoors is where you will find Dr. Stetzel wandering in the wonders as she spends time with family hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, and sometimes just wandering.


Heidi Wieland
Field Experience and Assessment Coordinator

Ms. Wieland received her BS 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.

Potts, Mistie

Mistie Potts
Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Potts earned her BS degree in Elementary Education, with a specialization in early childhood and kindergarten, in 2000 from Indiana University Fort Wayne. She went on to earn her High Ability and Gifted licensure in 2009. She completed her Masters of Educational Psychology in 2013 from Ball State University. After twelve years of teaching elementary school in Indiana, and several years providing assessments and interventions as an educational diagnostician for two school districts, as well as one year as a behavioral therapist, Dr. Potts began teaching at the college level. Dr. Potts’ Ph.D. was earned in 2022 from Ball State University, with concentrations in research methods and gifted education. Her current areas of research include preservice teacher self-efficacy, and equitable approaches to gifted service options.Classes taught by Professor Potts include educational psychology, child and adolescent development, corrective reading, and the exceptional learner. Dr. Potts enjoys gardening, playing with her French bulldogs, creating and refinishing woodworking projects, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Zach West
Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. West earned his BS degree, specializing in both Health and Physical Education and Sports Management Fitness, in 2011 from Heidelberg University. He completed his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Northcentral University, specializing in Special Education. After three years of teaching 7th grade special education in Ohio, and many years working with individuals with developmental disabilities, Dr. West began teaching at the college level. Dr. West joined the Manchester University team in 2022. Classes taught by Dr. West include: Creativity in the Classroom, Integrating Technology in the Classroom, Math Curriculum and Methods, and Learners with Mild Disabilities. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, cooking, building and creating, playing with his daughters, video games, watching soccer, and playing golf.