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AACTE applauds the Council of Chief State School Officers' 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeffrey Charbonneau, the three additional finalists and the colleges and schools of education that helped prepare all of them for their highly successful careers.

Charbonneau, who is also the 2013 Washington Teacher of the Year, teaches chemistry, physics and engineering at Zillah High School (WA). He completed his undergraduate and graduate preparation at the Central Washington University (CWU) College of Education & Professional Studies, earning a bachelor's degree in biology education, teaching certificates in both biology and broad area science, and a master's degree in education.

All of the three other finalists also received their preparation at colleges and schools of education:

  • Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship, 2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year (B.S. in English, concentration in secondary education – Towson University; M.S. in curriculum and instruction – McDaniel College)
  • Alexandre S. Lopes, 2013 Florida Teacher of the Year (M.S. in education – University of Miami; Ed.D. candidate – Florida International University)
  • Heidi Welch, 2013 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year (B.M. in music education – Keene State College; M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction – New England College; Ed.D. candidate – New England College)

"AACTE is impressed with the skill, commitment and genuine passion of the 2013 National Teacher of the Year and the finalists," said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE. "It is clear that they enter their classrooms every day with innovative approaches and a steadfast dedication to student learning. We are proud of them and the educator preparation programs that provided high-quality educational services and training to all of these fine teachers."

Read the official press release.


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