L. Martha Infante is a National Board Certified Social Studies teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a frequent presenter in both the Gifted education and Social Studies fields, Martha has trained educators nationwide and has participated in international study tours to Japan, China, and Saudi Arabia. She is the Past President of the Southern California Social Science Association and is also serving on the California Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors. Martha has just concluded her tenure as 2009 CCSS Middle Level Teacher of the Year and is currently working with the CALIS project at USC. However, her heart remains in the classroom, and she currently teaches Medieval World History and Geography to both general education and Gifted/Honors students at Los Angeles Academy Middle School. The blogs at InterACT, a group blog from Accomplished California Teachers.