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Student, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Honors


Kegan Powers is our featured alumni for Fall 2014.  Read about him here.


Congratulations to Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year!

Jeff Charbonneau, a 2000 CWU Science Education alumnus and an Eastern Washington science teacher today was named national Teacher of the Year.

Read the Washington Post article here.

Charbonneau, from Zillah High in the Yakima Valley, is the first winner from Washington state since 2007, and he will spend a year traveling as an ambassador for the teaching profession.

The Council of Chief State School Officers announced the award today. Charbonneau, the 63rd National Teacher of the Year, will be recognized along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

Charbonneau was one of four finalists for the teaching honor. The other three finalists were an English teacher from Maryland, a special education teacher from Florida and a music teacher from New Hampshire.

Read more about Charbonneau here.

Charbonneau is a 2000 CWU graduate in biology education, who also received his biology teaching certificate, in 2000; and his broad area science teaching certificate, in 2004, from CWU. In 2005, he earned his Master Teacher degree from Central.

In addition, Charbonneau teaches online professional teacher certification courses and facilities the online National Board Teacher Certification candidate program through the CWU Office of Continuing Education. He also is a teacher in CWU's Cornerstone program, which allow his high school physics students to earn college credit.

Photo courtesy of David Goehner, ESD 105. Reprinted from CWU News

Student Teacher of the Year Holly DeGroot



Holly DeGroot

2011-2012 Student Teacher of the Year





Congratulations to Noyce Scholar Holly DeGroot for being recognized by the CWU Center for Teaching and Learning and by the CWU Teacher Professional Education Advisory Board as a 2011-2012 Student Teacher of the Year!


Crystal Apple Award Winners

Each year the Teacher Professional Education Advisory Board presents a Crystal Apple award to one faculty member from each college who has had a significant impact on teacher preparation at CWU. Congratulations to these SCED faculty members who have won the award recently:


Bruce Palmquist2008-2009
Tim Sorey2009-2010



 Dr. Bruce Palmquist


Dr. Bruce Palmquist

2005 Washington State
Professor of the Year



Dr. Bruce Palmquist, Central Washington University physics and science education professor, was named the 2005 Washington state Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Dr. Palmquist received this award on November 17, 2005 for his dedication to teaching, commitment to students, innovative teaching methods, and goal of improving the understanding of basic scientific principles to many.



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