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 am a California trained court and community mediator, and I have a Certificate in Restorative Justice from Simon Fraser University. I serve on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.
  • 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.

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 believe the principles, values, and practices of Restorative Justice can make a school a nurturing, healing place of healthy relationships. I remain optimistic and energized about education and the recent breakthroughs in facing and rooting out personal and systemic racism. I never want to stop thinking, researching, and writing about children and school climate.

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.

  4. Dear Elizabeth, just read your informative blog on the McInerney/King case. I am about to restart research for the novel I’m writing and would like very much to meet and introduce myself. I want to ask if you’ll provide research assistance.


    Noel Anenberg
    Los Angeles Times
    Wall Street Journal

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