KAPP-tv reports that Zillah High School students cheer on for their biggest star and the talk of the school for weeks, science teacher Jeff Charbonneau, who is up for National Teacher of the Year and flying to Washington D.C along with only three other semifinalists from the fifty individual state winners to see who will be the next Teacher of the Year. Charbonneau's experienced more than an average educator would in a lifetime over the past few months, as reported by KAPP-tv,  winning the state teacher of the year, throwing the first pitch at the Mariners game and on Tuesday he will meet the President of the United States.

Charbonneau says it's been an amazing experience that he doesn't know if he has really been able to have had time to grasp and, according to KAPP-tv, he hopes his journey inspires students to never give up on their goals.

"A Zillah student can go and do these things, just like any student from Granger, or Toppenish, or Wapato, or Yakima," said Charbonneau, "It doesn't matter where you come from, what matters is that you keep your eyes set on a goal, and you continually strive to improve."


A  selection committee will personally interview each finalist and then select the National Teacher of the Year this month with The President of the United States recognizing the National Teacher in a White House ceremony, as the Council of Chief State School Officers said in a press release.