About Me

Elizabeth C. Manvell

Who am I?

  • I wanted to be a teacher since I was twelve years old when I volunteered to help during the first year of the federal Head Start Program.
  • I followed my dream and earned a BS and MS in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration.
  • I enjoyed raising my two children, Benjamin and Jessica, and working with other children as a reading tutor, Girl Scout leader, and story hour presenter at our city library.
  • I like new challenges. I have 35+ years experience in a variety of roles: Pre-K and elementary teacher, school principal, parent educator, regional staff development coordinator and trainer, curriculum developer, college instructor, and college supervisor of student teachers.
  • I developed the syllabi and taught undergraduate and graduate education courses in discipline and social responsibility, character education, gender issues in education, and the student teaching seminar.
  • I was born and raised in New York and now live happily in Southern California with my husband, Arthur, our two cats, Sammy and Lucy, and our little Shih Tzu, Nala.

Why do I write?

I write because there is a theme to my life. Just look at the courses I taught and you will know what it is.

I have always been passionate about the importance of a positive school and classroom climate and of creating learning experiences that motivate and inspire students. I have a strong belief system about social justice and our personal and professional responsibility to our children. I am inspired by the unique role teachers play in the lives of children and families, and by what compassion and tenacity can accomplish on their behalf. I remain optimistic and energized about education and I never want to stop thinking, researching, and writing about schools.

Here are the results…

  • Teaching is a Privilege: Twelve Essential Understandings for Beginning Teachers
  • Story Power! Breathing Life Into History
  • The Violence Continuum: Creating a Safe School Climate (November 2011 release)
  1. Thanks for sharing your long experience and deep understanding of education issues with us, Liz! The world needs more dedicated teachers as well as a society which will appreciate and respect them for the professionals they are.

  2. Hello, I have a quick question for you about your site. If you could please get back to me at your earliest convenience I would greatly appreciate it. Have a great day!

    Dan Gilbert
    Communications Coordinator
    Primrose Schools

  3. Shannon Reeves

    I would like to get in touch with you about Van R. Strong, I am a 3rd great granddaughter of his and a soon to be graduate of History. I’m working on a final project for my Civil War class and am using his letters as a basis, I have your book Story Power as well as family documentation, and photographs but am hoping for anymore information you may have collected while researching Van.

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