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Meet Jeff Charbonneau 2013 Teacher of the Year

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  1. Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, is a high school science teacher in Zillah, WA. Teaching Channel took cameras inside Jeff's classroom to capture how he engages and motivates students.?

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  • Private message to Leslie Strachan-Williams
Thank you Mr. Charbonneau for choosing everyday to serve and inspire the children and adults around you! And thank you Teaching Channel for once again shining the spotlight on what is going right!
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  • Private message to Freddy Moreno
Innovative teacher and an amazing human being is his way of teaching and reaching students, a great example.vador y un ser humano increible es su forma de enseñar y llegar a los estudiantes, un gran ejemplo.
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  • Private message to Vanessa Garcia
Building relationships with students is the key to success!!!
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  • Private message to Rodney Wells
Jeff inspires me in that he is one of us. In this video, there is no pretention on his part. He is simply a dedicated teacher who works hard for his kids. I am mostly excited to know that the National Teacher of the Year teaches in the same state as I do. It give me hope. :)
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  • Private message to Sherry Salter
Great! I admire teachers that choose to teach in their communities. I love teaching in the community where I grew up because it's like teaching your family. .
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  • Tch Profile: Meet Jeff Charbonneau
    Program Transcript

    Interviewee: I take an awful lot of pride in being named National Teacher of

    Tch Profile: Meet Jeff Charbonneau
    Program Transcript

    Interviewee: I take an awful lot of pride in being named National Teacher of the Year, but it’s really not pride in my own work. It’s pride in the work that so many people are doing in education. If I can do this as a voice for what is going right in education, then I’m all in.

    When I graduated from Zillah High School, I said, “First, there’s no way I’m ever comin’ back.” Obviously, here I am. Then I went up to Central Washington University and originally wanted to major in pre-medicine, thought I was gonna be a doctor. I realized something very important. It really wasn’t for me, so I switched.

    I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college. It was always Jeff the doctor, Jeff the doctor, growing up.

    It was really hard for me to make that switch from medicine to teaching until I realize that was my calling. It’s something that allows me to not go to work every day but just go be a teacher. The [inaudible 01:30] of becoming a teacher wasn’t a straight line, but it’s one that I’ve never regretted.

    Interviewer: He’s really set the foundation for how we can have a really positive environment, so kids not only wanna come and enjoy the classes and the activities, but ask themselves, how can we make Zillah High School a better place?

    Interviewer: His way of helping out, no matter what it is, he’ll put it aside and think of the kids first.

    Interviewee: I think the number one thing for me is building student relationships, understanding them as people. Having that relationship with a student absolutely comes first. By knowing those students in and out of the classroom, I can change my lessons to adapt more quickly to their own learning and to things that are important to them.

    Interviewer: I first started model rocketry when I was about six years old, and I’ve been interested in it since then. Then when I got to high school, Mr. Charbonneau 02:31 said, “We should do this.” He was really supportive. Now it made me sure that I wanna be an aerospace engineer someday.

    Interviewee: Before school, I get here normally about 6:45 or so, plenty early so that I can have time to get ready for the school day. My son is there in the mornings, and my students really have taken him under their wing, which makes me pretty proud and pretty happy that we’re able to share that experience together. Another side of it is I get here early because many of my students do. Many of my students are wanting to come in and get to work. Whether it be for my classes or for others, they need to have a place to be. In those outside-of-classroom interactions, you can learn an awful lot that you can bring right back into the classroom.

    Interviewer: Let’s say I’m not having a very good day. Just coming into his class and hearing his jokes or the way he teaches inspires you.

    Interviewer: He comes from Zillah. He went to the same high school. He can really relate with us.

    Interviewee: When you get up in the morning, and you have the opportunity to go out and make a difference, make a difference with my own kids, make a difference with other people’s kids, make a difference with other staff members, what a great day. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not all rainbows and ponies. The glass is definitely half full for me, but we certainly have another half we can still fill up.

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Zillah High School
1602 Second Ave
Zillah WA 98953
Population: 436

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