Tahlequah Daily Press

February 19, 2014

Teacher of the Year to speak at NSU teaching program


TAHLEQUAH — On Thursday, Feb. 20, the 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeffrey Charbonneau will speak at the Northeastern State University Celebration of Teaching in Tahlequah.

The Celebration of Teaching program has the mission of assisting public school students, especially minorities, to have early, positive experiences with college and those who educate teachers. NSU holds this event annually in hopes that many of the students who attend will chose a career path in education.

The program will take place in the NSU Center for Performing Arts, starting at 9:45 a.m. and concluding at 1:45 p.m. at the University Center.

Charbonneau, a chemistry, physics and engineering teacher for grades 9-12 from Zillah High School in Zillah, Wash., will be the keynote speaker for the event.

Aside from teaching fulltime at ZHS, Charbonneau also serves as an adjunct faculty member at three colleges and universities. He established and executed the Zillah Robot Challenge, a statewide competition where teams of middle school or high school students are loaned a Boe-Bot Robot Kit, and then have six weeks to learn how to assemble, program, test and modify their robots.

“In order to increase both rigor and enrollment, I have to instill in each of my students that they will be successful,” said Charbonneau. “Once that belief is in place, my job becomes relatively easy. Course content, no matter the level of difficulty, is by far the easiest thing I deal with. My most challenging job – the one I am most proud of – is teaching my students to believe in themselves.”

In addition to Charbonneau’s presentation, there will be hands-on, interactive workshops for students and teachers. Lunch, entertainment and an opportunity to learn more about college life will be provided for those invited. The presentation by Mr. Charbonneau is open to the public.

For those interested in registering or for more information, contact Dr. Debbie Landry at landryd@nsuok.edu or by calling (918) 444-3737.