Meet the Other Ms. California

April 1, 2015 4:21 PM

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Based on the stereotypes of pageant queens, few would believe that a Ms. California could also be a Dr. California. But the newly crowned pageant queen, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, is a full professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University where she teaches graduate students and serves as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee, while she: manages a part-time independent practice conducting evaluations on inmates in prisons all over the state of California, holds a post on the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, and is an elected member of the American Psychological Association's Committee for Women in Psychology. In addition, she's been co-leading a Girl Scout troop for three years. She is married to Robert Temple and they have an 11-year-old daughter, Kathryn. To say that Dr. Alette Coble-Temple defies all the stereotypes is an understatement because this beauty queen is actually Ms. Wheelchair California.

​Why is Dr. Coble-Temple in a wheelchair? "When I was born, I was without oxygen for six minutes," she explains. Doctors doubted that she would survive. Dr. Coble-Temple has a spastic form of cerebral palsy that impacts her fine and gross motor skills. She uses a wheelchair for mobility and requires...

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