Appointed May 2013
Term expires June 2016
Jeff Charbonneau teaches chemistry, physics and engineering at Zillah High School. After being named Washington’s Teacher of the Year in 2013, he was selected National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. President Barack Obama recognized him for his innovating teaching approach and success during a ceremony at the White House.
Charbonneau is a National Board Certified STEM teacher whose goal is to overturn the stigma among some students that his course subjects are “hard” science classes. He attempts to make science education accessible through efforts such as the Zillah High School Robot Challenge, in which student teams from across the state compete to construct and operate robots.
An adjunct faculty member at three colleges and universities, Charbonneau has created a series of college-level math and science offerings that allow Zillah students to earn college credit before graduation.
Before beginning his teaching career in Zillah, Charbonneau earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University. He also holds a Master of Education from Central.