Scholarship: Dr. Chuck Toto Memorial Graduate Scholarship
About the Sponsor
A third generation Italian, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Toto has dedicated his life to teaching. He graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential and got his Master’s in Educational Administration. He received his doctorate in educational administration and got his administration credential at University of California Berkeley.
During World War II, Toto served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as an instructor for instrument flying and navigation. He started his teaching career at El Camino High School located at El Camino and Eastern Avenue. He recalls “in those days, the school was located out of town amongst farm fields.’” He worked at Sacramento State for 15 years from 1968-1983 where he was a supervisor for foreign language teachers. Having attained full professorship in a mere 5 years, he recalls that his favorite course was Contemporary Educational Thought.
Dr. Toto speaks four languages, English, Spanish, French, and Italian and is a master in the history of words and their origins. He also studied Latin, Anglo Saxon and medieval Spanish. He recounts how, throughout his life, he has always been fascinated with where different words come from. He admits to having read the dictionary from cover to cover as he got “lost” in his exploration for words.
Dr. Toto believed as a faculty member his job was to teach his students to question, to analyze and to critically think about what they were learning. He was well-liked by his students and even today, at 85, enjoys life long friendships with many of them. He states, even at his age, he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up!
Dr. Toto states that throughout his life, he saw no reason to look for the right answers; instead he always looked for the right questions. It is his hope that this scholarship will help a deserving student attain their teaching credential and begin their own quest for knowledge.
Dr. Toto also supports two scholarships through the Carmichael Elks Lodge; one for a high school student going to college and one for a high school student who is attending an alternative school to learn a trade.