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Theresa Knipstein Meyer (IN '00)


Butler University
Indianapolis, IN

Subject(s) taught: Methods in Special Education, Student teachers in education, Director of the Graduate Initial Licensing Program in Special Education

At the time of the Award, Theresa Knipstein Meyer was:

Sunnyside Elementary School
Indianapolis, IN

Subject(s) taught: Special Education
Grade(s): 1, 2, 3

Biographical Information

Theresa Knipstein Meyer is a faculty member in Butler University’s College of Education. She works with student teachers and instructs in method classes of special education. She is also the director of the Butler Graduate Alternative Program in Special Education. Professor Meyer speaks often on brain research and retention of teachers in the field. She has been a teacher for over 20 years, spending part of her career as a Digital Age Literacy Coach in the MSD Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this role, she supported 34 literacy coaches in 21 buildings (K‐12) with 21st century goals and best practices in teaching. Her specialty is working with diverse learners, particularly those students labeled with disabilities.

Professor Meyer has done a lot of work with mentors and beginning teachers in school districts around the state. She completed a two‐year professional leave as a teacher‐in‐residence with the Indiana Department of Education. In this role, she was able to support beginning teachers in the state and work in a variety of ways at the state level. Professor Meyer presents to educators and administrators on a regular basis about educational issues. She has consulted with the Children Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana and is very active with the National Milken Educator network, Zionsville Education Foundation, and serving on several other non-profit boards.

Professor Meyer graduated from Ball State University with an elementary and special education degree. She did her graduate work including a director’s license in special education at Indiana University. Professor Meyer is a 2000 Milken Educator and was named Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2022.

Additional Information


1990 Ball State University, B.S. Indiana University, M.A.

Director of Special Education

Special Education, Mentoring, Beginning Teachers, Brain Research/neurodiversity,