Zillah teacher and CWU alum up for National Teacher of the Year

Sitting at his computer at the head of class one recent morning, Zillah High School teacher Jeff Charbonneau navigates a computer program that allows him to design a shelf.

Zillah High School science and physics teacher Jeff Charbonneau explains a computer-based design program to his engineering class March 22, 2013 as Luis Medina, left, listens and Andy Zarate looks at the program displayed on the computer. “Charb,” as he called by his students, has won the regional and state teacher of the year awards and is a finalist for the national teacher of the year award. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Selecting images, the 35-year-old begins to draft 3-D plans for a shelf measuring about 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. His 14 students follow along on their computers, which are networked to his.

Next, he explains stress factors of the shelf’s design and asks how much weight should the shelf be able to support. (READ MORE…)

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