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Dr. Michelle Torregano


  • B.A. Elementary Education: Xavier University of Louisiana
  • M.A. Educational Administration and Leadership: Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: Penn State University


Dr. Michelle Early Torregano is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus area of Language, Culture, and Society. Her dissertation is titled “Clean Slate: Making Sense of Public Education in the “NEW” New Orleans”. Her research and presentations address educational policy and equity for underrepresented groups, preparing pre-service teachers for engagement in diverse populations, and multicultural education.

Dr. Torregano is a native New Orleanian with 26 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator in the New Orleans Public Schools. She was also the Frederick Douglass Visiting Scholar (2010 – 2011) at California University of Pennsylvania.

Publications/Research Interests

  • Torregano, M. E. (2010). Clean Slate: Public Education in the “NEW” New Orleans. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, University Park. 
  • Torregano, M. E. (2009). Hurricane Katrina: Three Years Later. In K. B. Wilson & K. J. A. Thomas (Eds.), Expanding What We Know Through Research Across The African Diaspora. Minneapolis: Book Mobile.
  • Torregano, M. E., & Shannon, P. (2009). Educational Greenfield: A Critical Policy Analysis of Plans to Transform New Orleans Public Schools. [Electronic Version]. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Childhood Education

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Education in Pre-K - 4 Education
  • B.S. Education in Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education

Contact Information



Keystone Hall 305


"The best part of my job is working with students and watching them evolve into future teachers who will make a tremendous impact in the field of education." 

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