State of the State Address

14 January 2014

During Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s speech, the Governor honored Mr. Charbonneau for his work by mentioning him by name.

For text of the speech:

state of the state

Video of the speech, including Mr. Charbonneau’s introduction just prior to the Governor’s remarks, can be seen here:


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Alumnus of the Year

Jeff Charbonneau ‘00

College of Education & Professional Studies

President Obama chose to honor one of our very own, among the 3.2 million, with the National Teacher of the Year award, Jeff Charbonneau. Jeff will now serve as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year, traveling nationally and internationally as the ambassador for America’s teachers.

Jeff is a National Board Certified Teacher and began teaching science at Zillah High School in 2001. He has been instrumental in creating a series of demanding STEM offerings. In 2013, students will be able to earn college credit in four of Jeff’s classes. Jeff fills his plate with responsibilities designed to engage all kinds of students. Like many great teachers, Jeff is an advisor to a host of clubs, including drama and science. As the yearbook advisor, Jeff led his students in a historical preservation project to digitize all of Zillah’s yearbooks from 1919 to 2002.

Jeff has also designed an exciting robotic challenge open to students from across the state, which alone has served over 850 students from 43 school districts over the past 4 years. These opportunities have dramatically increase the interest in science at Zillah. This year over 60 percent of juniors are registered for Chemistry and one-third of seniors will take Physics. There is no doubt that Jeff has put his education to good use and has accomplished so much, making him the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award.

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Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, recently made his first visit to China with People to People.

We’re convinced there’s no place on earth where Mr. Charbonneau wouldn’t forge friendships, learn valuable lessons and find a rich array of teaching experiences to bring home to his students in Zillah, Washington.

We have enjoyed seeing Jeff tackle some cross-cultural challenges with impressive results, and every step of the way he’s breaking down global borders and increasing cultural intelligence (CQ).

In this great video, “Charb” (as his students like to call him) identifies three surprising insights he gained from just his first few hours in China. They include:

  1. Chinese hospitality and friendliness
  2. Modernity of Chinese cities
  3. Cultural ties to history


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“You just had to be there.”

It’s true – there are some things in this world that you just have to experience in person to fully appreciate.

Want to grasp the true historical and cultural impact of a person, place or thing? Sometimes you’ve gotta see it in person.

Those potent, awe-struck moments endure in memories, but will always be encapsulated in the moment.

National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau had one of his “you had to be there” moments while visiting the famed Terracotta Warriors in China with People to People.


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As an official sponsor of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program, People to People enjoys a close relationship with some of the best teachers in the country, including 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau.

That’s why right now we’re currently traveling with him in China! And wherever you go with Jeff Charbonneau, it’s sure to be a cultural competency enhancing experience.



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NEA Today – “Speaking to nearly 9,000 fellow educators gathered at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, the 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau proclaimed to the enthusiastic crowd that, make no mistake, there is much to be proud about public education in the United States.”


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ATLANTA – July 05, 2013 –

High school teacher Jeff Charbonneau is a man on a mission. He wants to make chemistry and physics and engineering—the “hard” sciences he teaches at Zillah High School in Zillah, Wash.—more accessible and more engaging for students. He does that by creating interactive learning experiences, like the Zillah Robot Challenge, to help students learn and develop confidence in their abilities.

NEA Banner Photo

For Photos from the NEA RA Speech go here:

13705 TOY Speech

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On June 19, Charbonneau sat down with National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel to answer questions about his own teaching experiences, practices, and the future of public education.


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April 19 through April 26, 2013

Events included:

-CBS This Morning
-Meeting Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden
-White House Ceremony with President Barack Obama
-Gala Dinner at the Institute of Peace
-Meeting at US Department of Education

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