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.

Anita Manwell; MS, Ed.D Assoc. Prof. Education | Coordinator; Elementary Education anita.manwell@indwes.edu Department - Elementary Education Division - *Education


Anita Manwell has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from IWU and a Master of Science from Indiana University, Kokomo. Recently admitted to candidacy for the Doctor of Education at Ball State University, Anita is currently working on her dissertation.  

Anita brings 15 years of public school teaching experience from both self-contained and departmentalized settings. Her work with third graders and sixth graders and as a Title I coordinator enhances her role in the Teacher Education Program. At IWU, she challenges preservice teachers to develop theoretical and pedagogical understanding through classroom instruction and supervision. Her passion for literacy is evident in the courses she teaches, which include Language Arts Methods, Developmental Reading, and Literacy in Diverse Settings.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1992, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • M.S., 2000, Indiana University, Kokomo
  • ABD, 2011, Ball State University


Anita’s research interests include reading attitudes of boys and the gender gap in literacy achievement.  

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