Carmel Valley educator to receive prestigious award

Dr. Robert Infantino, a Carmel Valley resident and SOLES emeritus professor, will receive the California Council on Teacher Education Distinguished Teacher Educator Award at its annual Fall conference to be held at the Kona Kai Resort on Oct. 14 at its luncheon banquet. The California Council on Teacher Education seeks to recognize individuals who, as part of their professional responsibility, are or have made significant contributions to the preparation and professional development of educators for California schools.

This award recognizes and honors an outstanding teacher educator who is located at a university/college, community college, or other educational agency. The awardee must exemplify excellence in work to improve the preparation, induction, and professional development of educators.

Infantino has been an active member of this group since 1976 when he arrived in San Diego to take a job at the University of San Diego (USD) as Director of Teacher Education. Although he retired from USD in 2007, he remained a member of the CCTE and regularly attends its fall conference. Nearly every university and college and organization that prepares teachers in California has membership in this group.

During his time at USD, Infantino helped prepare many teachers for the San Dieguito High School District, as well as many for the elementary districts in the area. Some of the people in San Dieguito include: Michael Grove, David and Melinda Jaffee, Michelle Mullen, and his own daughter Karen Infantino, who is presently a counselor at Carmel Valley Middle School, and formerly a teacher at San Dieguito High and counselor at Oak Crest Middle School (a total of more than 20 years in the district). Infantino’s son Paul graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2003.

Some of Infantino’s leadership positions have included: Director of the San Diego Area Writing Project at UCSD for 11 years; President of the Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English (GSDCTE); President of the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE); Board member of the Conference on English Leadership (CEL), a sub-group of the National Council of Teachers of English; and member of the Advisory Council for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps San Diego IVC San Diego).

Infantino and his wife, Ginger, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2012, are also both published writers. Since their retirement in 2007, she has written and published three books on religious education topics coming out of her 30 years as Director of Religious Education for the San Diego Catholic Diocese.

Bob Infantino has published two books, the most recent in 2009, “Tough Choices for Teachers: Ethical challenges in today’s schools and classrooms” (Rowman and Littlefield).