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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National Education Association, July 5, 2013 – (NEA) Representative Assembly address to 9,000 plus members (14 minutes 44 seconds)

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White House ceremony from April 23, 2013

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Zillah High School science teacher Jeff Charbonneau was announced as the 2013 Washington State Teacher of the Year on September 17, 2012, at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. This segment includes Jeff’s introduction as the ESD 105 regional finalist, OSPI superintendent Randy Dorn’s announcement of Jeff as the State Teacher of the Year, and Jeff’s acceptance remarks.

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