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MA in Education Faculty


Dr. Carol Van Vooren is the Coordinator of the Educational Administration Credential program and the former principal of Jefferson Elementary in Carlsbad, an IB World School.  She taught every level from K-21, mostly working with English learners through Migrant Education and federal Title programs.  Her research is focused on leadership through the lens of cultural proficiency and international-mindedness.  Dr. Van Vooren is the professor of several of the cohort classes including Leading School Communities in a Pluralistic Society, Leading for Assessment and Accountability, and Foundations of Leadership and Educational Issues.  She is also the Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate at CSUSM.

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Manuel Vargas, PhD, is a teacher educator with over 30 years of experience in P-12 and higher education. He has taught 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades and has been an assistant and school principal at International Baccalaureate (IB) American schools in Mexico. His career in higher education began in North Carolina as a middle-level educator. Soon after he initiated the middle-grades program, he became a departmental chair, then associate dean, interim dean, and dean of the School of Education and Human Performance at Winston-Salem State University, one of the sixteen campuses of the University of North Carolina System. His experience in higher education also includes two years at Sonoma State University, CA; one year at Appalachian State University, NC; and an adjunct part-time position at Salem College, NC. Dr. Vargas’s position as director of the School of Education at Cal State San Marcos ended in 2015-16 AY. Upon conclusion of his administrative duties, he joined the MA in Educational Administration and the JDP programs where he teaches courses related to leadership and diversity, leadership and organizational change, and access to educational opportunities topics which he has previously taught at Appalachian State and Sonoma State universities. His professional goals and scholarly activities focus on working with underrepresented groups in education, especially African American and Latino students. He is concerned about public education, which seems to leave many children behind while others race to nowhere. “Why is it that some school and classroom settings make it possible for some students to succeed while others fail?”

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Dr. Michael Grove is the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for the San Dieguito Union High School District. During his 26 year career in the San Dieguito district, Dr. Grove has served as a high school English and Speech teacher, a middle and high school assistant principal, and a middle and high school principal. His doctoral research focused on effective teacher professional development and his areas of interest and expertise include professional growth for teachers and school administrators, school improvement and organizational change processes, instructional leadership, and school management. Dr. Grove joined the faculty of the CSUSM School of Education in 2016.



Bill Singh is the Director of Human Resources and Development for the San Marcos Unified School District. During his tenure in SMUSD, he has served as a high school history and American government teacher, ASB director, athletic coach, high school site administrator, district curriculum leader, and Director of Student Services. Additionally, he was appointed to serve as the first Director of the PACE Promise where he led the development and launch of SMUSD’s guaranteed college admissions program with CSUSM.  He greatly enjoys being a part of the adjunct faculty at CSUSM preparing future school leaders.



Dr. Candace Singh is the Superintendent of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. As an educator in San Diego County for over 25 years, she is well-known and respected for her work as a “turnaround” principal and superintendent, as well as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at CSUSM, having helped prepare countless teachers and school leaders in our region. Dr. Singh has served as an elementary and middle level teacher, assistant principal, principal, district curriculum leader, and now, superintendent of schools. She has taught in the Multiple Subject and Educational Administration Programs since 1999, with a short break to complete her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership (March 2015 defense). Dr. Singh has returned to the School of Education to resume teaching the Leading Instruction course in the program.



Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D. retired as Associate Professor at Cal State San Marcos and continues to serve as guest lecturer in the program. She served as faculty member at CSUSM for 9 years, and Education Administration Program Coordinator for 6 of those years. In 2013 she was selected as the ACSA Professor of the Year for Region IX. Her primary area of research is creating and sustaining culturally proficient teaching and learning environments.