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National Teacher of the Year 2013
posted by: Ruthie | April 25, 2013, 05:45 PM   

The Council of Chief State School Officers recently announced Seattle's Mr. Jeff Charbonneau as the National Teacher of the Year! President Obama presented Jeff's award in a White House ceremony earlier this week.

Jeff is an amazing educator who truly goes above and beyond in his community. A science teacher at Zillah High School, Jeff's sphere encompasses far more than his chemistry, physics, engineering, and architecture classrooms. Jeff runs a statewide robotics competition, serves as year book adviser, and has initiated a program which allows students to get college credit for non-AP high school classes. Ninety percent of 2012's graduating class matriculated to either college, trade school, or the military, largely because of Jeff's endeavors to make 72 classes available for credit to various Washington colleges and universities.

"The level of passion he has for teaching is contagious," said Zillah High School's Principal Mike Torres. Jeff's success in teaching naturally overflows from his love for his job. "When they get it and they have that 'aha moment.' There's really nothing that matches that," Jeff fervently explained.

His perseverance and ability to face challenges with optimism also make Jeff worthy of the National Teacher of the Year award. Every day Jeff greets students with, "Welcome back to another day in paradise."

Jeff believes teaching difficult subjects by breaking them down into small steps is analogous to the way America should approach public schools. "Nothing in life is truly hard," said Jeff. "We are not a nation of failing schools. When I hear that I literally cringe. There is much going right with education that we ignore."

Jeff's enthusiasm, care for students, and optimistic approach make him a worthy teacher of the year. AAE is excited to recognize Jeff and his influence on both students and the teaching profession! Congratulations!

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