Bravo: Teacher of the Year Honored at White House
President Obama praises educator’s work inside and outside of the classroom during ceremony.
A Washington state high school science teacher has been awarded this year’s National Teacher of the Year award.
President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan honored Jeff Charbonneau in a ceremony at the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday.
“There’s nothing that Jeff will not try to give his students the best education in every respect,” said President Obama.
Charbonneau, who teaches chemistry, physics and engineering at Zillah High School in Zillah, Washington, also started an outdoors club, founded and directed the award-winning Zillah Robot Challenge, in addition to helping out other schools.
Charbonneau began working at the school 12 years ago, back when there were previously no engineering classes, the science curriculum was falling behind and students had to go off campus to take technology classes.
Since his time at Zillah High School, science enrollment has increased, students are graduating with college-level credits in science and more teachers are expected to be hired.
Charbonneau was accompanied by State Teachers of the Year and Principals of the Year who were also honored at the ceremony.
“Educators like Jeff and everyone up here today, they represent the very best of America-committed professionals who give themselves fully to the growth and development of our kids,” President Obama said. “And with them at the front of the classroom and leading our schools, I am absolutely confident that our children are going to be prepared to meet the tests of our time and the tests of the future.”