Dr. Michelle Torregano

Associate Professor and PreK-4 Graduate Coordinator

Department of Education


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 PennWest California.

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 Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, University Park.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 
  • 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

Email: torregano@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-4499

Office: Keystone Hall Room 305