Getting to know John Heckman from the School of Education


John Heckman from the School of Education
Multiple Subject Clinical Practice Coordinator
ICP Field Practicum Supervisor

How long have you been working at CSUSM?
This is my ninth year.

How did you become interested in Multiple Subject Clinical Practice Coordinator? 
I am a retired public school educator and I started as a university supervisor.  I was then asked to take over as Clinical Practice Coordinator when my predecessor retired.

What type of research are you doing? Or what are you teaching? 
I fall under the category of lecturer/ adjunct faculty but I am not teaching or doing research.  I place all multiple subject credential candidates, including ICP and special education, in their Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice II assignments. I  make placements in school districts throughout San Diego County as far south as SDUSD and even up into South Riverside County, as far north as Lake Elsinore.  I also make the two required practicum placements for the students in the ICP undergrad program.    

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
I would say the coordination of the best and brightest teachers in all the schools I work with to mentor our students.  I currently have 22 university supervisors who I meet with once a month to help them stay up-to-date with all the changes occurring in Teacher Performance Expectations and standards.  Communication is the key to all of this.

What is the greatest reward of your job?
Hearing from students about how thrilled they are with their classroom assignment and how much they are learning from their cooperating teacher.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Bicycling, hiking, reading and traveling.

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM? 
The fantastic, professional people I have met in the School of Education.