National Teacher of the Year to Visit Taylor University

Published: Feb 21, 2014

Jeff Charbonneau

Jeff Charbonneau, the National Teacher of the Year, will speak at Taylor University on March 6 at 7:00 p.m., in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. Charbonneau’s visit is being sponsored by Taylor’s Education Department and chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Charbonneau, a high school chemistry, physics and engineering teacher from Zillah, Washington, is the 63rd National Teacher of the Year and was honored last spring by President Barrack Obama during a White House ceremony.

In addition to his science teaching, Charbonneau also serves his school as a yearbook advisor, drama assistant director, science club advisor, and is the 9th grade class advisor. He also is an adjunct faculty member at three colleges and universities.

Taylor education students first met Charbonneau during an appearance at the Kappa Delta Pi meeting in October. “I am thrilled to hear Mr. Charbonneau speak again and share his thoughts on education with fellow educators from Taylor, local school districts, and neighboring colleges,” said Alison Tews, a senior elementary education major from Wheaton, Illinois. “It was incredibly motivating to hear him speak … and I am incredibly excited to be able to share his joy and passion for teaching with educators in the area.”

“Mr. Charbonneau's visit will give me the opportunity to learn from a successful teacher who is making a difference daily in his classroom, school, and corporation,” added Christina Peña, a senior elementary education major from Ligonier, Ind., and president of Taylor University’s branch of Kappa Delta Pi honorary sorority. “I am excited to learn from a teacher who is passionate about his work and is eager to share it with those around him.”