Educational Service District 105 announced Jeff Charbonneau as its Regional Teacher of the Year for all of South Central Washington.
Charbonneau teaches science at Zillah High school and was described as a trailblazer during a surprise ceremony Tuesday.
"It's a little embarrassing, a little humbling," said Charbonneau. "I could not have done this without a ton of support from a bunch of different people. This is not an award about me, it's about the Zillah School District and what's good and positive about the Zillah High School. But, it's a little overwhelming to be honest."
Charbonneau is now in the running for Washington State Teacher of the Year.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will make that announcement next month in Seattle.