WA teacher named 2013 National Teacher of the Year

The Council of Chief State School Officers announced today that Jeff Charbonneau, a 9-12th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Washington state, is the 63rd National Teacher of the Year. Charbonneau, along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year, was recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House today.

Charbonneau teaches at Zillah High School (ZHS) in Zillah, Washington, where he has spent his entire 12-year teaching career. He is a National Board Certified teacher and has received numerous awards, among them being various business donations and grants totaling more than $25,000 to support the ZHS Robot Challenge, of which he is founder and director.

Charbonneau is also an advisor for the school’s student rocket team, “Vulcan,” which was one of 725 teams to enter into the 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC),