Whether right out of grad school or after some years in the profession, IWU professors moved to the head of the class. Was it a passion for sharing the field of their dreams? Was it a divine prompting to make students their business? Or were they looking for a place where they could teach their profession and still share a profession of faith? No doubt it was all of the above. We invite you to come to campus and ask students what they think.

Amy Forshey; MEd, Ed.D Asst. Prof; Special Education | Coord; Special Education Program amy.forshey@indwes.edu


Amy L. Forshey attended Muskingum University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology and additional licensure in Special Education (K-12, Specific Learning Disabilities/Severe Behavior Disorders). She began her career in Albuquerque Public Schools (Albuquerque, New Mexico) where she taught students with emotional disabilities and specific learning disabilities at Harrison Middle School. During her time at Harrison Middle School, Amy was the seventh grade mini-school representative, student government sponsor, and co-founder of the curriculum based instruction program. 

Amy relocated to Upland, Indiana, in 1995 when she took the position of resource teacher at Upland Elementary School. During her tenure at Upland Elementary, Amy assisted in co-founding the Maximum Achievement Learning Lab (MALL). The MALL was an all-inclusive resource room for the entire school. Amy taught students with various disabilities (autism, blindness, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and communication disorders) in addition to being a resource for teachers who had high-ability and Title One students. 

In 2004, Amy took on the additional challenge of completing her Master of Education at Indiana Wesleyan University while implementing full-day kindergarten for the first time at Upland Elementary. Full-day kindergarten continues to be an integral part of the Eastbrook Community Schools education program today.

In 2006, Amy began her doctoral program at Ball State University where she is pursuing an Ed.D. in Special Education. She has completed her written and oral comprehensive exams and is now working on her dissertation. The focus of her dissertation is studying the correlation of reading achievement and reading attitude in students with disabilities.

Educational Background:

  • B.A., 1991, Muskingum College
  • M.Ed., 2004, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • ABD, 2012, Ball State University


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