Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher at Zillah High School and Washington’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year.

Charbonneau is a National Board Certified STEM teacher, adjunct faculty at three colleges and universities, Pro-Cert and National Board mentor, co-president of his local Education Association and advisor to numerous clubs. He has created a series of college-level offerings in math and science that allow students in rural Zillah to earn up to 24 college credits before graduating.

Charbonneau was a guest on Monday's Mike Bastinelli show. He talked about becoming the state teacher of the year, his trip to Washington, D.C. next month for his national teacher of the year interview, and challenging his students in Zillah to be the best.

Click this player to listen to the interview.

Vist the Zillah School District's website here.