Higher expectations lead to better results – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

Jeff Charbonneau
Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator at Zillah School District and Washington Student Achievement Council Member
Washington, USA

“I have learned that by setting my expectations higher than most would consider ‘high school’ appropriate, students respond by doing even more. Ultimately, by raising the level of rigor in the classroom, students will stay more engaged and be more likely to succeed.”

Jeff Charbonneau was named the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. Learn about his experience and his journey back to his classroom here.

About Jeff Charbonneau

  • Education: B.A. Biology Teaching, Central Washington University; Masters of Education – Master Teacher, Central Washington University; National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adult Science
  • Website I check every day: Google News, Lookout Landing (Seattle Mariners Fans), Ted.com
  • Person who inspires me most: My children – they see the joy in discovery.
  • Your favorite quote or motto: “Welcome back to another day in paradise.”


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