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Distinguished Teachers in Residence Program


The Distinguished Teachers in Residence (DTiR) program at Cal State San Marcos evolved out of a mutual desire for local school districts to be directly involved in teacher preparation at the university and the faculty's desire to remain closely connected with schools. The DTiR program has helped create and maintain important linkages between public schools in North San Diego County and Cal State San Marcos.

Our K-12 school district partners identify teachers in their school districts to serve as faculty on two-year terms at CSUSM. Teachers who join CSUSM School of Education through the DTiR program remains employees of their respective school districts with full entitlement to all associated benefits. CSUSM reimburses the employing districts for replacement teaching costs. 

Current School District Partners:

  • Escondido Union High School District
  • Oceanside Unified School District
  • Poway Unified School District
  • Temecula Valley Unified School District 

Responsibilities of a DTiR

General duties of DTiRs include: teaching courses appropriate to their area(s) of specialization, supervising student teachers, advising students, participating in college governance and holding committee assignments. Opportunities may be provided to team teach, provide guest lectures in specialized content areas, conduct research and facilitate student teaching seminars. DTiRs are afforded opportunities and encouraged to share their classroom teaching expertise with the widest spectrum of pre-service teachers in a variety of teacher credential program courses. DTiRs are strongly encouraged, but not required, to conduct applied research collaboratively with CSUSM faculty or on their own and incorporate such research activities into their professional growth plans.

DTiR Applications

DTiR Application is Now Open for 2024-2026 Term!

Deadline: March 1, 2024 at 5pm  

DTiR Program Contact

School of Education Office

Why participate in the DTiR Program:

Become a School District Partner:

Become a school district partner to participate in the Teacher in Residence Program and collaboratively work with CSUSM School of Education faculty on projects that address the needs of your district: 

Apply to Become a School District Partner

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I apply?

    There are two steps to the application process. Please see below for details. 

    Step 1. Fill out the Online DTiR Application Form

    DTiR Application Form 

    Click here to preview the application form. 

    Step 2. Send the Supplementary Documents via Email   

    Prepare and combine (in order listed) the following items into one (1) PDF and email it to with the subject line: "DTiR App - Your Name - Name of the District" 

    1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

    2. Copy of master's degree;

    3. Two (2) current letters of professional reference (one of which must be from a current or previous supervisor  

    4. District Approval Form 

  • Who is elibility to apply to become a DTiR?
    1. hold a valid California teaching credential within the K-12 grades;
    2. have a minimum of five years teaching experience with your current partner school district;
    3. have taught full-time in a classroom in the past five years and are currently classified by the school district as a teacher (individuals in an administrative classification are not eligible.);
    4. have CLAD/BCLAD or appropriate English Learner authorization completed prior to application deadline;
    5. have a Master’s degree completed prior to the application deadline, in an appropriate area of study;
    6. present evidence of successful teaching and demonstrate effectiveness in teaching diverse populations including cross-cultural, multilingual, bilingual, and exceptional learner groups.
  • How is DTiR Selected?
    CSUSM will identify teachers from participating districts to serve as Distinguished Teachers in Residence in the School of Education and will be chosen from among the permanent teaching faculties of the partner districts. The search committee (to be chosen using criteria established by the University and the superintendents of participating school districts) will include representation from the partner districts and CSUSM.

DTiR Hall of Fame

  • 2012 - current
    Distinguished Teachers School District Years Served
    Anne Schwartz Escondido Union HSD 2022-24
    Wynne Love Poway 2021-23
    Sean Nank Oceanside 2019-22
    Carol Battle Poway 2018-20
    Irene Diggs Oceanside 2017-19
    Jennifer Woods San Marcos 2016-18
    Teresa Gerent Vista 2016-18
    Nancy Moser-Hayashi San Marcos 2015-17
    Christina Cambra-Adamson Poway 2015-17
    Victor Vega Vista 2014-16
    Regina Anderson Solana Beach 2013-15
    Sandra Orozco San Marcos 2012-14


  • 2001 - 2011
    Distinguished Teachers School District Years Served
    Phyllis Wilson Poway 2011-13
    Corey Espeleta Carlsbad 2011-13
    Sharon Scott-Gonzalez Vista 2010-12
    Jannis (Brandenburg) Wilson Escondido 2010-12
    Julie Reed Oceanside 2009-11
    Maribel Cuevas Temecula Valley 2009-11
    Mae Chaplin Escondido 2009-11
    Kathleen Rocha San Marcos 2008-10
    Dawniel Malandra  Solana Beach 2008-10
    Shauna Friedemann  Del Mar 2008-09
    Vanessa Wierenga Temecula 2007-09
    Bonnie Ingalls Ramona 2007-09
    Gisella Gigglberger San Diego 2007-09
    Barbara Hall Cardiff 2006-08
    Ana Hernandez Valley Center-Pauma 2006-08
    Karin Alexander Encinitas 2006-08
    Roslyn Woodard San Diego 2005-07
    Jeffrey Heil SDCOE - JCCS 2005-07
    Susan Ritchie Vista 2005-07
    Jan Christinson Carlsbad 2004-06
    William DeJean Poway 2004-06
    Beth Mudd Solana Beach 2004-06
    Pat Beal Murrieta 2003-05
    Caroline Geldard San Marcos 2003-05
    Melinda Martin Temecula Valley 2003-05
    Erika (Seeman) Daniels Oceanside 2002-04
    Jill (Halaska) Seidenverg San Dieguito 2002-04
    Jamie Gurken Escondido 2002-04
    Mary Lou Schultz Encinitas 2001-03
    Dave Reynolds Ramona 2001-03
    Pamela Barger Del Mar 2001-03
  • 1991 - 2000
    Distinguished Teacher School District Years Served
    Dean Schulz** San Diego 2000-02
    Nancy Dome SDCOE - JCCS 2000-02
    Dennis Masur Poway 2000-02
    Charlotte (Frambaugh) Krietzer Oceanside 1999-01
    Carolyn Marcus Fallbrook UESD 1999-01
    David Mackintosh Escondido 1998-00
    Michelle Mullen San Dieguito 1998-00
    Vikki (Weissman) Ensman  Fallbrook UHSD 1998-00
    Klaaje 'Kate' Johnson Valley Center 1997-99
    Mary Lee Huntington Carlsbad 1997-99
    Sandy Jenkins Fallbrook UESD 1997-99
    Maureen Reilly Lorimer Murrieta Valley 1996-98
    Cathy Bullock Encinitas 1996-98
    Deborah Costa-Hernandez Escondido 1996-98
    Joyce O'jibway Jennings SDCOE - JCCS 1995-97
    Julie Harris Poway 1995-97
    Jamie Supinger Crowley Solana Beach 1994-96
    Patricia Christopher Valley Center 1993-96
    Antonette ‘Toni’ Hood Cardiff 1993-95
    Karen Burke Vista 1993-95
    Karen Higby Ramona 1991-93
    Linda (Chick) Stone San Marcos 1991-93

Collaborative Projects between Districts and SOE Faculty funded through DTiR