Lecturer of Early Childhood Education Emerita

Susan most recently served as co-coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program. A former kindergarten and preschool teacher, she has been involved with the UVM PreK-3 Early Childhood Program since completing her graduate work with the College of Education and Social Services in 1993. Susan mentors pre-service teachers during their K-3 public school internships and student teaching (EDEC 296, EDEC 187). She also coordinates K-3 placements in area schools.

Susan has been a co-coordinator of the Vermont Kindergarten Conference (a collaboration between the Vt. Agency of Education and UVM Early Childhood Programs) since it's inception in 1992. Her professional interests include statewide advocacy projects, children's literature, and joyful learning.

"Nothing Without Joy" --Loris Malaguzzi


  • Tolentino, E., Torncello, S., Goldhaber, D., Woodside-Jiron, H., Gehsmann, K.  (2006). Draft: 2005 Vermont kindergarten survey preliminary report.
  • Mosenthal, J., Lipson, M., Torncello, S., Russ, B., Mekkelson, J. (2004). Contexts and practices of six schools successful in obtaining reading achievement. The Elementary School Journal, 104(5).
  • Squires, J., Torncello, S., Mitchell, C., Goldhaber, J. (2003). All politics is local: Showcasing Vermont’s early care and education programs. Young Children. 
  • Burrington, B., Sortino, S. (2003). In our real world: An anatomy of documentation. In J. Hendrick (Ed). Next steps toward teaching the Reggio way: Accepting the challenge. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Mosenthal, J., Lipson, M., Mekkelson, J., Russ, B., Sortino, S. (2001). Elementary schools where children succeed in reading. Providence, R.I.: LAB at Brown University.

Associations and Affiliations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)
  • Reggio-inspired Vermont Early Education Team (RIVET)
Susan Tornacello

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Teacher education


  • M.Ed., College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont