Mixed Bag Designs wants to congratulate and thank teacher Jeff Charbonneau, this year’s National Teacher of the Year. We appreciate all that he, and all teachers out there who strive to touch the lives of students, has done as an educator and example to students across the nation. The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest national honors program focusing attention and excellence in teaching. Charbonneau will be honored today with the other 2013 State Teachers of the Year at the White House in a special ceremony with President Barack Obama.
Jeff Charbonneau, a high school Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering teacher in the state of Washington, has been named the 2013 teacher of the year by The Council of Chief State School Officers. Charbonneau teaches at Zillah High School, where he has been teaching for 12 years and attended himself as a teenager. This is not his first award; he is the founder and director of the ZHS Robot Challenge and has supported it with business donations and grants totaling over 25 thousand dollars. Jeff also serves as Co-president of the Zillah Education Association.
A panel of educators that represent several national education organizations select the finalists from the 2013 state teachers of the year in all 50 states, and also in the District of Columbia and four extra-state jurisdictions. These teachers are chosen from nominations by students, teachers, administrative members and principals throughout the state. Applications are submitted and then reviewed, and four finalists are selected. Each finalist is interviewed by the committee before the National Teacher of the Year is announced. These candidates inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities and are looked up to by the students as a role model in the community and school. We appreciate the extra mile these teachers go to take education to a new level and inspire those around them.