Department of Teacher Education

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Teachers developing teachers—it’s a calling understood by just a few, yet it impacts an entire world. Our commitment grows into results, with 100% placement rates for year-long student teachers and 100% pass rates on Indiana-required CORE exams. Our teachers have excellence in content competence, cultural connections, and Christian character. They transform lives and impact the world.

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At AU, we explore what it means to be an educator together. Education as a profession invests in others in such a way that it creates a ripple effect into building stronger leaders, families, and communities. Come learn from educators that want to invest in you this way.
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Degree Programs

Anderson University offers undergraduate teacher preparation leading to licensing in the following areas:

TEACH Grants

TEACH Grants

Anderson University participates in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. A TEACH grant is a non-need-based grant provided to students who intend to teach, to help pay for their postsecondary education.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, a student must agree to teach full-time for at least four years as a highly-qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school or educational service agency (ESA) serving low-income students within eight years of completing or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in the program of study for which the student received the grant.

If the student does not meet the terms of the TEACH Grant service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

At Anderson University TEACH grants are offered to all undergraduates who meet the 3.25 GPA requirement and have been admitted into the School of Education’s Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). The dean of the School of Education approves each TEACH grant for each year that a student applies. Click here for a TEACH Grant Application [PDF].

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Rebekah Baker

Associate Professor of Education

Rebekah Baker

Dr. Rebekah Baker is an Associate Professor in the Anderson University Department of Teacher Education. Currently, she teaches the elementary methods courses in mathematics and science and the multicultural education course for all elementary and secondary teacher candidates. Previously, Rebekah taught the introductory education, character education, and organization and management of the elementary classroom courses. She has led two Tri-S trips to Kodiak, Alaska.

Rebekah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Anderson University in 1987, and her Master of Science in School Administration and Supervision in 1997 from Butler University (Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals — E.P.P.S.P Group XV). Rebekah has completed her doctorate in elementary education (Ph.D.) at Ball State. Her areas of research interest include culturally relevant pedagogy, intercultural competence, and issues of equity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Rebekah has 18 years of public education experience. After graduating from AU, she began teaching with Fort Wayne Community Schools (Fort Wayne, IN). She served as a classroom teacher and principal with Anderson Community Schools before joining the faculty of Anderson University. As principal, Rebekah had the opportunity to work in a wide range of schools and open two new elementary facilities. She also worked for the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy as a team facilitator.

Rebekah enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid storyteller, specializing in African folktales. Rebekah has traveled internationally and within the United States. She finds time to participate in various community activities and civic organizations. Rebekah served on the Anderson University Alumni Council during the years of 1996-2001.

Rebekah Baker has been at Anderson University since 2006.

Contact Rebekah:
Phone: (765) 641-4405
ribaker@anderson.edu

Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Butler University
Ph.D., Ball State University

Anna Epperly

Anna Epperly

Assistant Professor of Education

Anna Epperly
Anna Epperly

Anna Epperly is an Assistant Professor of Education at Anderson University. As the director of the special education program, she teaches courses in Child and Adolescent Development, Introduction to Mild Disabilities, Classroom Instruction for Mild Disabilities, Legal Issues in Special Education, and Organization and Management for the Elementary Classroom.

She earned her B.S., M.Ed., and Ed. D. from Ball State University. She holds K-12 licenses in the areas of mild disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders. Administratively, she holds director of special education and K-12 building administrator licenses. She is currently working on her dissertation in order to complete her doctoral program in special education at Ball State University.

Anna began her career at an elementary school as a resource teacher for students with mild disabilities.  She then spent four years teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders in a separate classroom setting at the middle school level. She developed a passion for working with these students, spending an additional five years teaching middle and secondary level students and administering programs at a residential treatment center serving K-12 students. An opportunity arose next for Anna to continue her administrative career for four years as a program supervisor for an urban school corporation. In 2012, she decided to pursue a career in higher education, enrolling in the Ball State doctoral program and teaching courses as part of her doctoral assistantship and as an adjunct instructor. Anna also taught courses in assistive technology and teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders as an adjunct instructor for Indiana University Kokomo in 2015.

Anna’s research and professional interests include preservice and early career teacher programming and supports, education public policy and reform, working with students with challenging behaviors, curriculum development, K-12 school administration, and transition for students with disabilities into the postsecondary world. She enjoys actively participating in the music and children’s ministries of her church, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. She lives in Frankton with her husband, Scott, and their three children.

Anna Epperly has been at Anderson University since 2015.

Contact Anna:
Phone: (765) 641-4409
acepperly@anderson.edu

Assistant Professor of Education
B.S. Ball State University
M.A.E. Ball State University
Ed.D. Ball State University
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Katy Sample

Katy Sample

Director

Katy Sample
Katy Sample

Dr. Katy Sample is an Associate Professor of education at Anderson University. As the director of the reading education program, she teaches courses in reading development, assessment, instruction, and intervention.

She earned both her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia. She holds a K-12 reading specialist license, as well as a K-12 license in learning disabilities.

Dr. Sample began her career at the secondary level teaching in an alternative school for students with disabilities. After earning her master's degree in reading, she became a reading specialist. She taught reading at the elementary and middle school levels for five years while completing her doctorate.

Dr. Sample currently teaches courses in reading development, assessment, instruction, and intervention at Anderson University.  Each year, approximately 50-60 area children receive tutoring and intervention services as part of her courses.   In 2009-2010, she served on the state advisory board that assisted with the development of the Indiana Reading Framework and also helped to develop the Indiana Content Standards for Reading Educators.  When her schedule permits, Dr. Sample also works with area schools as a staff developer.

Her research and professional interests include early literacy, reading disabilities, response to instruction/intervention, developmental spelling/phonics instruction, and staff development.

Dr. Sample lives in Pendleton with her husband, Craig, and their three children.

Katy Sample has been at Anderson University since 2005.

Contact Katy:
Phone: (765) 641-4408
kjsample@anderson.edu

Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Mary Washington College
M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Michael Tatom

Michael Tatom

Director of Field Experiences and Assistant Professor of Education

Michael Tatom
Michael Tatom

Michael Tatom serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experiences in the Anderson University Department of Teacher Education. He teaches courses in educational assessment, middle school curriculum, and secondary school curriculum. He also works with teacher candidates through the seminar for student teachers.

Michael earned a B.S. from Purdue University and an M.S. from Indiana University. He holds a Lifetime Teaching License from the State of Indiana in mathematics and science. After completing the Master's degree, he earned an administrative license through coursework at Indiana University.

Michael has a total of thirty-two years of teaching experience in public schools. He completed his student teaching at Doe Creek Middle School in New Palestine, Indiana. His first teaching position was with Morristown Junior/Senior High School in Morristown, Indiana. After one year at Morristown Junior/Senior High School, he returned to Doe Creek Middle School where he taught for the next thirty-one years. Besides his teaching experience, he has served as math department chairman and assistant principal. He retired from public education in May 2016. Michael began his university career as an adjunct instructor at Anderson University in the fall of 2017. He began working in his current position in August 2018.

His professional interests lie in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. He is a Lay Servant in his local church and is active in the men’s prayer group. He enjoys woodworking and fishing in his spare time. He lives in Greenfield with his wife Karen, and they have two adult children.

Contact Michael:
Phone: (765) 6413686
mwtatom@anderson.edu

B.S., Purdue University
M.S., Indiana University

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Jeffrey Trotter

Associate Professor of Education

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Jeffrey Trotter

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Trotter is an Associate Professor of the Department of Teacher Education (DTE) and has taught at Anderson University since 2003.  Initially he served as an adjunct instructor but was invited to join the SOE faculty full time in 2009.  He earned degrees from Olivet Nazarene University, Wheaton College, and Ball State University.  Dr. Trotter’s fields of specialty include clinical and school psychology; psychological assessment of children, youth, and adults;  the identification and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders of school aged children; development of multi-tiered instructional models; learning disabilities; finger agnosia; and suicide prevention.  He has presented at conferences and is published in School Psychology as well as neuropsychological publications. Current areas of research include the compliance of public schools with federal and state education law, the practices of special education teachers and school psychologists when identifying and treating children with emotional disabilities, and the ethical beliefs and practices of classroom teachers.

Dr. Trotter currently belongs to the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education.  On campus, he serves on multiple councils and committees and is a faculty advisor for the Student Council for Exceptional Children and Adelphi.

Dr. Trotter is married to Christine Sunberg-Trotter and they have three adult children.  He enjoys traveling, jazz, backpacking, and coffee.

Dr. Jeff Trotter has been at Anderson University since 2009.

Contact Jeff:
Phone: (765) 641-4401
jstrotter@anderson.edu

Associate Professor of Education

B.A., Olivet Nazarene University
M.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Ball State University
Ph.D., Ball State University

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Joyce Wehneman

Assistant Professor of Education

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Joyce Wehneman

Joyce Duty Wehneman is an Assistant Professor of Education and Licensing Advisor for the Department of Teacher Education at Anderson University. In this capacity, she teaches Foundations of Teaching, Elementary Methods in Social Studies and Language Arts and facilitates the student teaching seminar. In addition, she works with the Indiana Department of Education to license Anderson University graduates who meet the requirements for Indiana teaching licensing.

As an Anderson (College) University 1976 alum, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and spent her teaching career teaching grades 2, 4, 5, and 6 at Union School in Modoc, Ind. from 1977-2010. She received her Master of Arts in Education in 1980 from Ball State University. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 1999 as a  Middle Childhood Generalist. She has also served on the Governor's Education Roundtable, the Indiana Professional Standards Board, and was selected as an Armstrong Educator at Indiana University and a Fulbright Memorial Social Studies teacher to Japan in 1999. She was presented the Anderson University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

Joyce enjoys traveling, reading, all genres of music, and spending time with her nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great- nephews. She calls Ohio home and will always consider herself a Buckeye.  Her father served as a Church of God Pastor for 50 years and both of her parents, brother, and niece attended and graduated from Anderson College and Anderson University. Her extended family hails from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

Joyce Duty Wehneman has been at Anderson University as an adjunct instructor since 2003 and previously served the School of Education as the Coordinator of Clinical Placements and Licensing from 2010-2016.

Contact Joyce:
Phone: (765) 641-4054
jdwehneman@anderson.edu

B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Ball State University