Jeff Charbonneau in class. Teacher Jeff Charbonneau in class

Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher from Zillah, Washington, was chosen as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year.

He and the group of State Teachers of the Year from which he was selected, will visit President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. They met on Monday with Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Biden and a longtime educator.

Charbonneau teaches chemistry, physics and engineering at Zillah High School, all subjects he knows many students look at as the “hard” science classes. He is also founder and director of the award-winning Zillah Robot Challenge, which is open to students and schools across the state and is designed to help students gain confidence in addressing science and engineering concepts.

A National Board Certified teacher, Charbonneau has been teaching for 12 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education from Central Washington University.  He is co-president of the Zillah Education Association.

He is the 63rd National Teacher of the Year, a contest sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. The winner, chosen by a committee of representatives from 15 education organizations, is pulled from the cohort of State Teachers of the Year, who themselves are selected through different processes in various states.