Palm Beach Atlantic University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. E. Randolph Richards has appointed Dr. Chelly Templeton, associate professor of education, as interim dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies effective August 1.
“Dr. Templeton has earned the respect of her colleagues,” Richards said. “I have been impressed with her ability to build consensus, to provide direction and to lead a team.”
Templeton, who serves as the director of teacher education at PBA, joined the University in 1999 as an adjunct professor. Over the years, she has served as grants manager/ clinical supervisor, assistant professor, coordinator of early childhood programs, and supervisor of student teachers, public and Christian schools. She served as associate dean from 2011 until 2013.
President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. said that Templeton is equipped for this expanded assignment while the national dean search continues. Former dean, Gene Sale, returns to full-time teaching this fall.
She led the effort to attain Association of Christian Schools International accreditation. In addition, she co-designed and implemented a two-semester elementary student teaching experience in which the second semester involves partnerships with local and international Christian schools. She developed partnerships with Christian schools to provide trained judges for their annual science fairs.
Templeton’s efforts to provide enriching education for students spurred her to reach out to external organizations. She established a partnership with NASA to train pre-service and in-service teachers toward certification to handle moon rocks for educational purposes. With Junior Achievement, she developed a program to place first semester, Intro to Teaching students as College Champions with the organization. She led pre-service teachers in writing and winning Clean Energy grants from Florida Power and Light. The partnership with the Moore Haven Correctional Facility resulted in pre-service teachers creating materials and teaching inmates how to use share those materials with their own children to bring families closer together. With the South Florida Science Museum, she worked to relocate the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s science methods class to that facility.
She planned and lead activities for middle school science teachers participating in PBA’s Center for Integrative Science Learning Summer Institute supported by the Quantum Foundation. She has participated in various stages of the question development and scoring of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations for elementary and pre-school teachers.
Templeton holds a Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with emphasis in early childhood from Florida Atlantic University. She has a Master of Arts in early childhood education from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Kentucky.
A resident of Delray Beach, she is married to Gary Templeton, who served in ministry for 30 years, holding senior positions in Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida. They are parents to three grown children and have one grandchild.