CWUNewsNews CWU alumni among six finalists for national math/science teaching awards, 06 Oct 2016 11:56:47<p><img alt="Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching logo" src="/teaching-learning/sites/" style="width: 275px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 194px;">Two Central Washington University alumni are among six Washington elementary teachers now up for the <a href="" target="_blank">Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching </a>(PAEMST). The award is the highest honor for a K-12 mathematics or science teacher, as it acknowledges classroom instructors for their abilities to foster student growth in both of those subject areas.</p><p>In the science category, the state finalists include Yakima’s Julie Fry and Veronique Paquette from East Wenatchee.</p><p>Fry received her Bachelor of Education from CWU in 1989, master’s degree in 1997, and her National Board Certification in 2012. Fry has served at <a href=";" target="_blank">Roosevelt Elementary</a> for 21 of the 25 years she has been a first-grade teacher in the Yakima district.</p><p>“My initial reaction to the nomination was complete disbelief!” Fry acknowledged. “My training at CWU was hugely foundational for my career. I still remember pivotal moments during my undergraduate classes when my own love of learning was fostered by some pretty influential professors.”</p><p>Paquette, a teacher for 29 years, is now in her 20th year as a second grade instructor, all at <a href="" target="_blank">Kenroy Elementary</a>. She earned her Bachelor of Education from Central in 1987, followed by a Master’s in Reading in 1992, and her National Board Certification in 2010.&nbsp;She was also honored as the 2003 Washington State Teacher of the Year.</p><p>“I’m not sure if I can compare the two awards,” Paquette explained. “I was intrigued by the questions that both asked. Each had me analyze my teaching and write to my philosophies and methodologies. I came away from each applications feeling as though the self-reflection on my teaching was very valuable. I felt I became a better teacher because of the opportunity to take the time to self-reflect on my daily teaching.”&nbsp;</p><p>Paul Ballard, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, said, “We’re proud of the efforts and accomplishments of both Julie and Veronique. As Central continues to see its alumni nominated for—and receive—statewide, regional, and national recognition, it verifies that we have the right approach to classroom-teacher preparation. And we make sure to constantly revise and refine our focus so that we will continue to produce instructors who can meet the needs of today’s students, and tomorrow’s as well.”&nbsp;</p><p>Presented since 1983, the national PAEMST award recipients will be announced next spring. The National Science Foundation administers the awards program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.&nbsp;</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>October 6, 2016</p>2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year credits passion, and CWU, for honor, 05 Oct 2016 11:52:24<p><img alt="" src="/teaching-learning/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 281px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University, again, has an alumna who has been named the Washington State Teacher of the Year. Camille Jones, from <a href="" target="_blank">Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy</a>, received the 2017 award—becoming the fifth CWU graduate to receive that honor since 2005.</p><div><p>“It is wonderful to see our teacher education alumni being recognized for their great accomplishments,” said Paul Ballard, dean of the CWU College of Education and Professional Studies. “Faculty and staff in the School of Education, work hard to ensure that our students are effectively prepared for success in the teaching profession.”</p><p>For the last three years, Jones has developed and expanded the Quincy School District’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) enrichment program. Through its STEAM Lab, she works with each of the nearly 450 kindergarten through third-grade students enrolled there.<br><br>“I want to help every student expand their vision of the world and what they see their life could be,” she said, “and engage the highly capable students in their education process and challenging them to also achieve their full potential.”<br><br>Jones received her elementary education teaching certification from CWU in 2010, taking classes in Ellensburg and at the university’s Wenatchee campus.</p><p>“The Central program allowed me to develop a broad range of different skills because it was so diverse,” said Jones, who grew up in Quincy. “If I would not have had a university so close by it [becoming a teacher] may not have become a reality for me.”<br><br>Jones, 29, was youngest of eight nominees for the statewide honor.&nbsp;<br><br>“Being the age that I am, what I bring to the table is my perspective from being a millennial,” Jones added. “I understand how truly prepared students have to be to compete in a tough economy.”<br><br>Her selection was based on both a written application and interviews. Additionally, nominees were required to outline their proposed teacher-of-the-year message. Jones’s pertained to enrichment.<br><br>“Enrichment is often offered only to those considered highly capable—the ‘smart kids,’” Jones explained about her platform. “But we really believe that every student deserves that chance.”<br><br>As the state’s top teacher, Jones will be an ambassador for the education profession. Between next January and June, she will serve as Washington’s first Teacher of the Year Teacher-in-Residence.<br><br>In addition, Jones is now up for National Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at a White House ceremony next spring. CWU alumnus Jeff Charbonneau, from Zillah High School, received that award in 2013.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>October 5, 2016</p><p><strong>Photo</strong>: Camille Jones, courtesy Pioneer Elementary.&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>National Teacher of the Year Goes "Back to the Beginning", 29 Jan 2014 11:45:39<p>The National Teacher of the Year takes a visit to his beginnings this morning in Ellensburg.</p><p>Zillah High School science teacher Jeff Charbonneau spoke to faculty members and science administrators at Central Washington University.</p><p>Read the entire article by KAPP TV in Yakima, by Eugene Buenaventura, <a href="">here</a>.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>January 28, 2014</p>CWU Teacher Study Underway, 20 Sep 2013 21:14:12<p>The Center for Teaching and Learning at Central Washington University is conducting a research study to better understand the daily activities of teachers in Washington public schools.&nbsp; Data collection began on Sept 3rd with participants representing over 159 Washington School Districts. Find more information and weekly updates on the <a href="">CWU Teacher Study webpage.</a></p>CWU Alumnus Named National Teacher of the Year, 22 Apr 2013 08:38:31<p><img alt="" src="/teaching-learning/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Jeff Charbonneau, a 2000 CWU alumnus and an Eastern Washington science teacher today was named national Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Read the Wall Street Journal article <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Read more about Charbonneau in the Seattle Times&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</p><p><br>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><br>Photo courtesy of David Goehner, ESD 105</p></br></br>