Congratulations to Jeff Charbonneau: U.S. National Teacher of the Year

Wearing yellow t-shirts that say, “I Love Charb,” the students at Zillah High School in Washington State have something big to cheer about: their teacher, Jeff Charbonneau, was named National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Charbonneau will be recognized by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House on April 22.

Charbonneau, whom we spoke with on Daily Edventures just before the Partners in Learning Global Forum last year, has spent the past 12 years with one purpose in mind: helping his students excel. Whether it is creating the Zillah Robot Challenge or becoming an adjunct faculty member at Yakima Valley Community CollegeCentral Washington University, and Eastern Washington University to give his students the ability to earn college credit, Charbonneau expects great things from his students, and is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to help them do just that. “Within the classroom, I have learned that by setting my expectations higher than I think most would consider ‘high school’ appropriate, students respond by doing even more,” he told us. “Ultimately, by raising the level of rigor in the classroom, students will stay more engaged and be more likely to succeed.”

We wholeheartedly agree. In fact, starting on May 7th –  Teacher Appreciation Day – we will kick-off a month-long celebration of teachers globally on the blog. Let me know if you have a teacher that we should showcase by sending me a tweet @anthonysalcito. We are looking forward to honoring incredible educators, just like Charbonneau, all throughout the month of May.

Today, please join me in congratulating Jeff Charbonneau on this well-deserved honor!



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