Dr. Irene Diggs, 2017-2019 Distinguished Teacher in Residence supports a multilingual classroom and more

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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.

by Irene Diggs

Being a DTiR is a tremendous honor and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the gracious, dynamic and knowledgeable faculty of the CSUSM School of Education. I’d probably still be wandering the halls without the support of Melinda Jones.

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Teaching is my passion and joy, a career filled with both humbling challenges and endless rewards.  I understand the significance of education in the lives of all students, especially those who are marginalized or overwhelmed by circumstances out of their control.

Every day is a new adventure working with the remarkable CSUSM students.  I am awed by their kindness, curiosity, and enthusiasm.  The EDUC 364 class I teach in the evening has renewed my faith in the future of humanity.  Every week we explore the value of civil discourse as we work through difficult discussions and examine new ways of seeing and healing difficult relationships in search of social justice.  Students in the credential program learn how to support a multilingual classroom, balance a career and personal life while still having fun and engaging all the students in the learning. This task requires patience, time and certainly a growth mindset.  Thank you, Maie Ellis and Farr Elementary Cohorts for asking questions, working hard, and making me laugh in EDMS 555 every week.

Thank you CSUSM School of Education for the honor of mentoring, guiding and supporting our future teachers.  I am most grateful for this opportunity to grow as both a teacher and a life-long learner.

Learn more about the DTiR program at the School of Education.