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Early, Middle, and Special Education: FacultyEarly, Middle, and Special Education: Faculty


Our distinguished faculty is committed to improving teaching and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly technological society. They support a constructivist model of teaching and learning, which has as its foundation the developmental theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. The faculty is among the best scholars and practitioners in the elementary and early childhood education fields, cumulatively contributing to hundreds of scholarly books, magazines and journals.

Click on each of their profiles below to learn more about their experience, publications, awards and contact information.


  • Photo of Dr. Peter Cormas

    Dr. Peter Cormas

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Cormas joined California University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and teaches science and More

  • Photo of Dr. Holly L. Diehl

    Dr. Holly L. Diehl


    Dr. Diehl was an elementary teacher and principal for 18 years. She now supervises student More

  • Dr. Diane Fine

    Assistant Professor

    Prior to joining the faculty at California University of Pennsylvania in 2014, Dr. Fine taught in More

  • Dr. J. William Hug

    Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Elementary Science and Math Education

    Dr. Hug's academic work focuses on elementary science teacher education, environmental  More

  • Photo of Dr. Rebecca Maddas

    Dr. Rebecca Maddas

    Assistant Professor

    As early as third grade, Dr. Maddas knew that she had in interest in teaching; albeit, the  More

  • Photo of Janey Mellinger

    Janey Mellinger


    Mellinger has 35 years' experience in elementary education as a classroom teacher for grades More

  • Photo of Dr. Christine Peterson

    Dr. Christine Peterson



  • Photo of Dr. Michelle Torregano

    Dr. Michelle Torregano

    Assistant Professor and PreK-4 Graduate Coordinator

    Dr. Michelle Early Torregano is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in More

  • Photo of Dr. Clover Wright

    Dr. Clover Wright

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Wright worked for 12 years as an early chlidhood educator in a variety of contexts, both  More