Susan Welteroth, D.Ed.

Department: Education

Lecturer Education

  • Education
  • EDD, Pennsylvania State University
  • MSE, Bucknell University
  • BA, Lycoming College

My entire career has been spent working with young children and teachers. After 34 years in public education, I retired as an elementary principal in June 2012 and joined the Department of Education at Susquehanna University. I am able to weave my two professional passions-children's literacy and growing teachers.

Understanding the science and the art of teaching young children to read and encouraging them to become active, life-long readers is one of the most important practices I can share with SU pre-service teachers. I am fortunate to teach two literacy courses within the department and I hope my enthusiasm is contagious. As the director of the Early Childhood Education Program, I place and supervise students during their student-teaching experience. I love this part of my position! I have multiple opportunities to nurture young teachers in their journey.

Our department is small we have the chance to get to know the students very well-their academic hopes and their personal dreams. This is one of the benefits of a smaller university and I believe we are especially adept at knowing, guiding, and supporting our students.

My doctoral work involved play, young children and their families. I have been able to continue my research in these areas and have included student-teachers in national presentations of my work.

For fun, I advise the SU English Equestrian Team. I love to ride and several of my students are on the team. I am their loudest cheerleader!


DEd, Curriculum and Instruction, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (1999)
MSEd, School Psychology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (1978)
BA, Psychology (Honors), Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA (1976)

Professional Certifications

Elementary Principal (Pennsylvania Administrative II 2003), Secondary Principal (Administrative I 1991)
School Psychologist (Pennsylvania Educational Specialist II 1978)

Professional Experience

Instructor in Education, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, August 2012 to current
This full-time position includes directing the Early Childhood Education Program and placement and supervision of student teachers in preschool and elementary school placements. Student advising and supervision of honors research projects are also major components. The position includes teaching the following courses:

Preschool Language and Emergent Literacy

  • focus on development of how language and emergent reading skills are acquired by young children

Primary Literacy

  • focus on the teaching of reading and writing in the primary grades

Family and Community

  • focus on family engagement in the classroom and school

Assessment in Early Childhood Education

  • focus on understanding and use of a wide variety of assessment types and assessment data

Literacy Assessments and Interventions

  • focus on assessment of children's literacy development and provide interventions suited to specific needs

Student Teaching Seminar

  • supervise pre-service teachers

Elementary Principal, Watsontown Elementary School, Warrior Run School District, Watsontown, PA, August 2000 to June 2012 (Retirement)

  • provide leadership for a program of curricular, instructional, and assessment activities
  • maintain an inclusive climate that is favorable for meaningful teaching/learning process for all learners
  • supervise and evaluate teachers' instructional procedures and strategies and assist in developing appropriate classroom practices
  • utilize multiple sources of data (PSSA/emetric/PVAAS, DIBELS, 4Sight, DRA, CBA, etc.) as diagnostic tools to assess, identify, and apply instructional improvements
  • implement Response to Intervention to enable early identification and intervention for students at academic or behavioral risk and supervise the implementation of Individualized Education Programs
  • interview prospective teachers, hire and participate in induction and mentoring of new teachers
  • contribute to and participate in the professional development of staff in the district
  • provide opportunities for families and community agencies to participate in the school program through committees, associations, and cooperative presentations
  • develop and carry out the transition to school of incoming kindergarten students and work closely with local preschools and child care centers
  • plan the school budget and order instructional materials and supplies, as well as supervise the safety and maintenance of the physical plant

Facilitator for Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership / National Institute for School Leadership, Pennsylvania Department of Education , Harrisburg, PA, October 2010 to current

  • facilitate the Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute, a research-based professional development program designed to give principals and early childhood professionals the critical knowledge and skills they need to be instructional leaders. This is a five-day Institute, focusing on Early Childhood Development and Education; Program Design; Interventions, Strategies, Tools and Approaches; Family Involvement and Engagement; and Early Childhood Alignment, Coherence and Coordination.

Adjunct Instructor in Education, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, September 1988 to June 2012
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (1994 - 2012):

  • present principles and theories of early childhood, with emphasis on developmentally appropriate practice and the importance of play in the construction of knowledge
  • topics include observation as a tool for assessment of young children, special education, family involvement, and supporting and guiding appropriate behavior

Educational Psychology (1988 - 2008):

  • overview of psychological and educational principles that focus on varied approaches to learning, instructional, and assessment strategies to provide for diverse learners, highlighted instructional planning, developmental and individual characteristics of students, motivation, and theories of learning,

Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education (1994 - 2007, 2012):

  • focus on early literacy and mathematics during student teaching in a preschool setting and other concerns that arose during the student teaching experience

Coordinator of Early Intervention Curriculum and Instruction / School Psychologist, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16 (CSIU 16), Lewisburg, PA, August 1978 to August 2000
Coordinator of Early Intervention Curriculum and Instruction (1985 - 2000):

  • worked collaboratively with community child care and Head Start centers to develop an inclusion model of Early Childhood Special Education
  • supervised and evaluated teachers and paraprofessionals
  • chaired educational teams, assisted teachers in implementing developmentally appropriate practices and supervised the implementation of education plans
  • contributed to the professional development training for EI staff as well as outside agencies

School Psychologist for Early Intervention (1985 - 2000)

  • performed developmental and behavioral evaluations and identification of children to plan IEPs
  • worked with families and school districts to transition children with special needs into Kindergarten programs

School Psychologist for School Age Population (1978 - 1985):

  • administered and interpreted IQ and achievement tests, measures of perceptual development, and assessment of social-emotional skills for the purpose of identification of students with special needs

Technical Assistance Consultant for Mental Health with the Department of Health and Human Services, Philadelphia, PA, May 1992 to December 1995

           observed regional programs, interviewed staff, reviewed records, and provided written support and feedback within the Mental Health component of Head Start

Recent Continuing Education

Act 45 - Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership / National Institute for School Leadership:

  • Course 1 - World Class Schooling, Vision and Goals (October 2010- March 2011)
  • Course 2 - Focusing on Teaching and Learning (May 2011 - October 2011)
  • Course 3 - Developing Capacity and Commitment (July 2011 - August 2011)
  • Course 4 - Driving for Results (July 2012 - October 2012)
  • Coaching Institute  (June 2012 - March 2013)
  • Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute (December 2009 - June 2010)

Act 48 - Learning Focused - Introduction, Catching Kids Up, Vocabulary (Fall 2008 and Fall 2009)


Jarrett, O., Waite-Stupiansky, S. and Welteroth, S. (2009). Recess - It's Indispensable! Young Children, September, 66-69.

Johnson, J.E. and Welteroth, S.J. (1999). Play and Special Children and Circumstances, in J.E Johnson, J.F. Christie, and T. Yawkey, Play and Early Childhood Development (Second Edition). New York:  Addison, Wesley, & Longman, Publishers.

Johnson, J.E., Welteroth, S.J., and Corl, S.M. (2001). Adult Attitudes about Preschoolers' Play Aggression, Play and Culture Studies, 3.

Mariano, J.A., Welteroth, S.J., and Johnson, J.E. (1999). Teachers' Understanding of the Effects of Japanese Culture on Social Play with Young Children, Early Childhood Education Journal, 26 (3), 189-94.

Welteroth, S.J. (2002). Increasing Play Competence for Very Young Children: How Two Early Head Start Home Visitors Conceptualize and Actualize Their Roles, Play and Culture Studies, 4.

Paper Presentations

Exploring Family Engagement. The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Phoenix, AZ (February 2015)

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Princess! The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), Newark, DE (March 2013)

Hey, Hey, Look At Me, I Am Playing, You Can See!, The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), Newark, DE (March 2013) with Early Childhood Education Student Teachers from Susquehanna University

Reconstructing Recess, The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), Phoenix, AZ (March 2008)

The Importance of Play in School Readiness, National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC) Washington, DC (December 2005) and TASP, Santa Fe, NM (February 2005)

Use of Play Memories with Pre-Service Early Childhood Teachers, TASP, Santa Fe, NM (February 2002)

How Parents Play: Their Childhood Play Memories and Current Family Photos, National Head Start Research Conference, Washington, DC (June 2000)

Play Memories: Practical Applications, TASP, Santa Fe, NM (February 1999) and Central Susquehanna Association for the Education of Young Children, Williamsport, PA (March 1999)

Adult Attitudes about Preschoolers' Play Aggression, NAEYC, Toronto, Canada (November 1998)

The Reflective Experiences of Pre-Service Teachers in an Introduction to Early Childhood Education Course, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Toronto, Canada (November 1998)

The Early Head Start Research Project: University and Community Collaboration, Children Youth and Families Consortium, University Park, PA (October 1998)

The Influence of the Classroom Environment to Foster Sociodramatic Play of Preschool Children with Special Needs, TASP, Washington, DC (April 1997)

Early Intervention and Head Start Collaboration, Pennsylvania Early Intervention Conference, Hershey, PA (June 1996) and Pennsylvania Early Intervention Supervisors Conference, State College, PA (March 1996)

CSIU Preschool Longitudinal Study: 1971 to 1985, Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children, Harrisburg, PA (November 1990) and Pennsylvania Educational Research Association, Pittsburgh, PA (May 1990)

Starting From the Very Beginning: Infant Stimulation, Pennsylvania Family Day Care Providers, Danville, PA (May 1986)

Invited Presentations and Special Training Sessions

Literacy Throughout the Day, SUMCD staff training (August 2013)

Play and Young Children, Mothers of Preschoolers, Danville First Baptist Church (September 2011)

Elementary Principals and Early Childhood Education, Northumberland County Early Care and Education Coalition, Presentation to local superintendents (February 2010)

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child: Readiness for School, radio broadcast WKOK (April 2005)

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child: The State of Early Care and Education in the Susquehanna Valley, radio broadcast WKOK (April 2004)

Understanding Child Development, KURC Training, Penn College (March 2001)

Play and Young Children, In-service CSIU EI (February 2000); KURC Training, Penn College (December 1999); KURC Training, Lewisburg CCC (Nov 1999); In-service SUMCD Early Head Start (Oct 1999)

Prop Boxes: The Encouragement of Sociodramatic Play, KURC Training, Lewisburg CCC (October 1997); In-service CSIU EI (September 1997)

Systematic Observation of Young Children, KURC Training, Danville Child CDC (December 1996)

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child: The State of Early Childhood in the Susquehanna Valley, radio broadcast, WKOK (April 1996)

The Storm Before the Calm: Stress Management, KURC Training, Lewisburg CCC (November 1995); In-service for Northumberland Area Head Start (October 1988)

Creative Representation in the Primary Grades, In-service Shikellamy SD (November 1995)

High/Scope Key Experiences: Use in Early Intervention Programs, In-service CSIU EI (September 1995)

Transdisciplinary Assessment in Preschool, Bucknell University (January 1995; January 1992)

Parent/Professional Collaboration in Early Intervention, Northeastern Early Intervention Faculty Training, Bloomsburg University (May 1994)

Building Self-Esteem in Young Children, In-service CSIU EI (March 1993); In-service SUMCD Head Start (April 1993)

Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Primary Grades, In-service Shamokin SD (February, 1993)

Cognitive and Social Development in Young Children: The Theories of Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson, In-service SUMCD Head Start (November 1991); In-service CSIU EI (November 1991)

Team Process: Working and Planning as a Team, In-service CSIU EI (February 1991)

Behavior Management, In-service CSIU EI (October 1990)

Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Intervention, CSIU Preschool Program Report to the Board of Directors (January 1990)

Working Parents: A Presentation for Staff and Parents, Sunflower Child Care, Lewisburg, PA (October 1989)

Assertiveness Training, In-service CSIU EI (March 1989)

Starting from the Very Beginning: Infant Stimulation, In-service for Project Parent/Child (January 1988)

Guest Lecturer

Elementary Principals and Early Childhood Education, The Pennsylvania State University (September 2009)
Elementary Principals and Assessment, Bucknell University (April 2009)
Qualitative Research in Early Childhood Education, The Pennsylvania State University (April 1999 and October 1998)
Preschool Assessment, Bucknell University (July 1999; July 1998; July 1997; July 1996; July 1994; July 1993; July 1991; July 1990, July 1989; July 1988)
Early Intervention Programs and Services, Bucknell University (April 2000; April 1999; April 1998)
Preschool Exceptionalities, Bucknell University (1991 and 1989)

Research Projects

Welteroth, S.J. (2007). Reconstructing Recess. Unpublished research paper. Watsontown, PA: WRSD.

Welteroth, S.J. and Johnson, J.E. (2001). Early Head Start program evaluation: August 1999 to August 2000 and August 1998 to August 1999. Unpublished program evaluations. Mifflinburg, PA: SUMCD.

Welteroth, S.J. (1999). Increasing play competence for very young children: How two Early Head Start home visitors conceptualize and actualize their roles. Unpublished dissertation. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University.

Welteroth, S.J. (1998). The reflective experiences of pre-service teachers in an introduction to early childhood education course. Unpublished research paper. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University.

Welteroth, S.J. (1998). The lived experience of early childhood special education collaboration. Unpublished research paper. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University.

Welteroth, S.J. (1988). Longitudinal study (1971 to 1985): The educational experience of participants in the CSIU preschool program. Lewisburg, PA: CSIU.

Other Projects

Advisor for the Susquehanna University Equestrian Team (2015-current)
Member of Faculty Search Committee (2013, 2014)
Chair for Transition to School Project, Warrior Run SD and NISL Action Learning Project (2009 2012)
Member of the Board of Directors Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development (SUMCD) (2004 to 2013)
Member of the Northumberland County Early Care and Education Coalition (2004 to 2012)
Chair for Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the Strategic Plan, WRSD (2007 - 2008)
Chair for Reading Curriculum - Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, WRSD (2006 - 2009)
Member of the Initial Program Review of Professional Educator Programs for Bloomsburg University's Principal K-12 certification program (2005)
Co-wrote with Watsontown Police Department - Department of Justice grant for Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) for fourth and seventh graders, WRSD (2002 - 2003, 2003 - 2004)
Chair for Development of Supervision/Evaluation Plan, WRSD (2001 - 2003)
Chair for Human Resources Committee of the Strategic Plan, WRSD (2001 - 2002)
Chair for Kindergarten Classroom-Size Reduction Committee, WRSD (2000 - 2001)
Committee Member for Pennsylvania Assessment Guidelines for Early Intervention, PDE (1998 - 2000)
Collected test-retest reliability data for measure of neurobehavioral regulation in preschoolers, PSU (1997)
Developed Three Year Professional Development Program for CSIU Early Intervention Staff, CSIU (1997)
Developed EI Program Evaluation tool for use in CSIU and contracted agency programs, CSIU (1997)
Member of Steering Committee for Development and Construction of Susquehanna Children's Center.  Completed in coordination with SUMCD, CSIU EI, and Susquehanna University (1993 - 1994)
Chair of Committee to research and revise the CSIU Preschool Curriculum (1991)
Participated in standardization for the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence, Revised (1988)

Awards, Honors, Commendations

Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education
Mutual of America Community Partnership Award (through SUMCD)

Professional Memberships

Association of Teacher Educators
National Association of Elementary School Principals (and PAESSP)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (and PASCD)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (lifetime member)
The Association for the Study of Play (previous book review editor)
National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

Courses taught:

  • EDUC-365 Preschool Language & Literacy
  • EDUC-366 Primary Literacy Development
  • EDUC-389 Assessment
  • EDUC-410 Family and Community
  • EDUC-500 Student Teaching
  • EDUC-501 Preparation and Planning
  • EDUC-502 Classroom Teaching
  • EDUC-503 Classroom Management
  • EDUC-600 Seminar
  • EDUC-601 Independent Study