Take a bow, Jeff Charbonneau.
The Zillah High School chemistry, science and engineering teacher stood on the White House grounds Tuesday morning to be honored by President Barack Obama as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. The Seattle Times salutes Charbonneau’s achievements in this editorial.
Watch the ceremony below. Charbonneau speaks about 11 minutes into the video.
(Source: White House YouTube channel)
Backed by a scene that included dozens of teachers, the president and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Charbonneau spoke passionately about the virtues of the American education system.
“We are a nation of public schools that are continually working to improve and adapt to a changing world, and I tell you what — I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said.
In his introduction, Obama said, “There’s nothing Jeff will not try to give his students the best education in every respect.”
Here’s a full transcript of the president’s remarks.