SEATTLE (AP) — A science teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah near Yakima, has been named Washington’s 2013 teacher of the year.

Jeffrey Charbonneau was selected from among nine regional teachers of the year in Washington. State schools Superintendent Randy Dorn announced the winner at a ceremony Monday in Seattle.

Charbonneau is a national board certified teacher who has been teaching science at his small, rural high school since 2001. According to the state schools office, Charbonneau’s students this year will be able to earn college credit in four of his classes. To accomplish that, he has become an adjunct faculty member at Yakima Valley Community College, Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University.

He designed a robot challenge that’s open to students from across the state and serves as adviser to a number of school clubs including drama and science. As yearbook adviser, Charbonneau helped students digitize all of Zillah’s yearbooks — from 1919 to 2002.

He’ll be considered for national teacher of the year honors. That winner will be announced next spring.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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