Danielle Charbonneau of Martha’s Vineyard High School Named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

Danielle Charbonneau (left), Massachusetts 2023 Teacher of the Year, at the awards ceremony with DESE Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley (right).Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Danielle Charbonneau, English teacher, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Tuesday afternoon was named 2023 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

Charbonneau is the first Martha’s Vineyard teacher to receive the Commonwealth’s highest honor for educators in the program’s 61-year history. Plus, she automatically becomes Massachusetts’ nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Award.

“Ms. Charbonneau is a caring and committed teacher who supports the students of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in meaningful ways, preparing them for success inside and outside of the classroom,” Governor Charlie Baker said. in a statement, “We are proud to recognize her as Massachusetts’ 2023 Teacher of the Year.”

Charbonneau is an 18-year-old seasoned teacher, seven of whom she taught in her school’s alternative education program, of which she is currently the program coordinator. The program is designed to engage students who were not succeeding in the traditional high school structure. Additionally, Charbonneau is a co-advisor of the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and is a member of the school’s Race-Equity and Cultural Proficiency Group.

“Ms. Charbonneau knows that learning begins with a student,” said state Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley. “Her commitment to adapting the school to student needs has prepared her students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

The selection process for the award began with a call for nominations from administrators, teachers, students, parents and other stakeholders in January. After a review of the nominees, a group of 12 semi-finalists were selected, then narrowed down to five, and then to two finalists. Ultimately, Riley chose Charbonneau as the winner.

“There is immeasurable value in public education, but we have to be dynamic to be relevant. Students have every right to expect to encounter and explore new ideas,” Charbonneau wrote in his application. “We need to take a hard look at how best to help this very precarious generation, be honest with ourselves about what works and what just preserves the status quo, and be bold enough to make the changes that need to happen in our classrooms and in our schools. »

Julian EJ Sorapuru is a development researcher at The Globe and can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JulianSorapuru

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