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Atria, Catherine

Catherine AtriaProfessor of Educational Practice
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
2-260E Norman Hall
PO Box 117040
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4189
Fax: 352-392-6930

Research Biography

Dr. Catherine G. Atria, Professor of Educational Practice, teaches in and coordinates the online MEd program for aspiring school principals. Dr. Atria began her career in education as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels teaching social studies and science and mentoring pre-service and beginning teachers. She earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science. She has served as a K-12 principal and in a variety of administrative roles at the school and district levels addressing teacher mentoring, observation and evaluation, program development, and personnel management. She has worked extensively with principals and teacher leaders on instructional coaching. Her research interests focus on the use of targeted feedback cycles in teacher observation; instructional coaching; social justice in education; and the role of the principal. Finally, Dr. Atria has served on many State of Florida committees and task forces addressing leadership development.


Ph.D. in Educational and Administration, 2008
University of Florida

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration, 2003
University of Florida

B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences,
1992 University of Florida

Key Professional Appointments

Professor of Educational Practice, University of Florida, 2018 – present

Principal-in-Residence, University of Florida, 2017 – 2018

Principal and Assistant University School Professor, University of Florida, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, 2012 – 2017

Activities and Honors

Service Positions: 

Program Coordinator, online MEd program in Educational Leadership, University of Florida, College of Education; Gainesville, FL; July 2108 – present.

Florida Department of Education School Educational Leadership Enhancement Committee Task Force (SELECT); Orlando, FL; June 2018 – November 2018.

Florida Department of Education School Educational Leadership Enhancement Committee Task Force (SELECT) Writing Subcommittee; Orlando, FL; September 2018 – November 2018.

2018 Florida Educational Leadership Examination; Level 2 School Principal Performance Assessment Item Specifications Development and Validation Committee; Florida Atlantic University, Davie FL.; June 2018.

2017 Florida Educational Leadership Examination; Level 2 School Principal Assessment Steering Committee Development; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.; January 2017.


State of Florida District Instructional Leadership and Faculty Development Grant Principal Investigator; 2015-2016, 2016-2017.