Achievements: Dr. Catherine Bishop-Temple

Catherine Bishop-TempleDr. Catherine Bishop-Temple has a broad background in education as well as in business and athletics.   As an undergrad, Catherine was a two-time USA All American Division 1 intercollegiate swim champion, a three time Eastern USA intercollegiate swim champion, and six-time All New England intercollegiate swim champion.  Catherine graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College (MA), and was named to the prestigious list of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. As a graduate and doctoral student here at FAU, Catherine was a member of the Phi Delta Phi National Honor Society earning a cumulative 4.0 GPA in both degrees. She was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, was named Outstanding Graduate Student –  FAU College of Education, and her dissertation was named Dissertation of Distinction and was nominated for Dissertation of the Year in the College of Education.

Dr. Bishop-Temple has been in the field of education for eighteen years with the last eight plus years spent in literacy.  She has served as the Reading Coach at Carver Middle School launching Carver’s growth from a “C” to a “B” to an “A” rated school and spent four years as Palm Beach County School District’s, Secondary Literacy Administrator developing and implementing curriculum, writing proposals for grants, and designing and implementing district-wide staff development.

In her role as Literacy Resource Specialist at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Catherine established a high school Literacy Center which serves as a model classroom and provides ongoing Professional Development for teachers and administrators.  The center is the home to those students who fall into the lower quartile in reading and work with Catherine in small group settings on a weekly basis.  Catherine works one-on-one with staff to increase teacher capacity, has designed and implemented staff development programs for teachers and administrators, and developed a reading curriculum to be used with struggling readers in grades 9 and 10.  Additionally, she developed the curriculum to be used with the 11th and 12th grade intensive reading students preparing to take the ACT and works in pull-out/push-in sessions with those students using those materials. Through her hard work and efforts, Catherine was largely responsible for the increase in proficiency in reading at Atlantic High School netting Atlantic an “A” rating… now one of only eight “A” rated high schools in the district.

Dr. Bishop-Temple has presented nationally as well as state and district wide, and continues to run and operate the Literacy Center at Atlantic while serving as an Adjunct Professor here at FAU in the graduate college of Teaching and Learning.