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Marisel Torres-Crespo

Marisel Torres-Crespo

Associate Professor of Childhood Education and Director of the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School

Tel: 301-696-3416
Office: Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School, Room 105
Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. and by appointment.


Professor Marisel N. Torres-Crespo received her B.A. and M.A. degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Puerto Rico and her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction Early Childhood Education from Penn State University. She has been teaching at a college level since 2002 in universities in Puerto Rico and also in Penn State, and worked as an Academic Consultant for Publishing Companies and Head Start. Her research interests are play, arts, gender roles, STEM standards - in early childhood, multiculturalism, technology, and co-teaching/cooperative learning.


Reighard, C., Torres-Crespo, M., & Vogel, J. (2016).  STEM Curiosity Academy: Building the Engineers of Tomorrow. Children and libraries. 14(4), 32-35.


Torres-Crespo, M. (2016). Reasoning and Problem-Solving. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education.(Vol #3, pp.  1144 - 1146). Thousands Oak, CA. Sage Publications, Inc. 


Sherman, J. & Torres-Crespo, M. (2015). Languages are more than words. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 51(4), 179-184.


Torres-Crespo, M. (2015). Kindergarten Social Studies Textbook (Spanish). Studies Weekly Puerto Rico.


Torres-Crespo, M., Kraatz, E., & Pallansh, L. (2014). From fearing STEM to playing with it: The natural integration of STEM into the preschool classroom. SRATE Journal, 23(2), 8-16.


Torres-Crespo, M. (2012). Exploring gender roles in early childhood settings: Qualitative Study (Spanish). Ámbito de encuentros, 5(1), 87-101.