Cooperating Teachers

Needed for Spring 2015 Clinical Practice

Dear Amazing Teachers,

I am currently the On-Site Liaison for Cal State San Marcos's program to place Student Teachers (Teacher Candidates). I have enjoyed the process involved with co-teaching, and I feel it is important to give back to our profession. These are some of the other benefits of being a mentor, and I believe they more than outweigh certain possible disadvantages.

  • Teacher Candidates have current training in Common Core curriculum and technology and bring this expertise to your classrooms
  • Teacher Candidates bring unique ideas and perspectives into the classroom
  • An additional teacher in the classroom creates a smaller teacher/student ratio
  • Classroom students respond positively to having another teacher
  • Teacher Candidates can sub for you, eliminating the time spent doing sub plans
  • Teacher Candidates support the class with prep work and lesson planning
  • Having a Teacher Candidate helps to sharpen my own saw. I focus on my own classroom teaching skills, become more reflective, and learn the co-teaching approaches to clinical practice.
  • It builds collaboration and team spirit
  • You receive a stipend
  • Spring Semester candidates have already had prior experience
  • You can go to the bathroom whenever you want!


The University has a requirement that you attend a one time training to learn the co-teaching approaches to Clinical Practice. This will be held on January 14, 2015 from 4:20-6:40 p.m. at Cal State San Marcos. If you have already attended a training, you are good to go. If not, we can go to the training together, and plan a nice dinner afterward to relax and visit!


If I have persuaded you, and you are interested in becoming a Cooperating Teacher next year, please email me and cc Becky Gauthier by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014.


**You must be a tenured teacher to participate!


I hope you consider participating this coming spring!


Warmest regards,

Allison Lazerus