Gulliver’s Claude Charron named PLTW National Teacher of the Year

Claude Charron

Pictured (l-r) are Project Lead The Way president and CEO Dr. Vince Bertram, Gulliver Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Department chair Claude Charron and Dr. Anne Jones, Project Lead The Way senior vice president and chief programs officer.

Gulliver Schools has announced that its Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Department chair, Claude Charron, was been named Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) National Teacher of The Year.

Charron received the prestigious 2014 Robert and Patricia Kern National Teacher of the Year award on Nov. 4 during PLTW’s National Summit. Six other exemplary teachers from across the United States also were honored at the event, receiving National Teacher of Excellence Awards. Each of the seven instructors were recognized for their outstanding commitment to educating students in the STEM disciplines and preparing them with the skills to be successful in college and their careers.

“Charron is a true leader and inspiration to our Gulliver community,” said Frank Steel, Gulliver’s head of schools. “This recognition proves that his dedication to our students, faculty and the school’s engineering programs is invaluable and does not go unnoticed.”

PLTW selected these teachers based on strong alignment to the program’s foundational values of leadership, continuous improvement, innovation and accountability. The teachers have shown exceptional commitment to students, leadership at their schools and evidence of meaningful involvement in PLTW curriculum, assessment and professional development. Charron is certified to teach for PLTW engineering courses, including Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics and Engineering Design and Development. He also is a PLTWMaster Teacher, who trains hundreds of teachers from across the country each year to instruct PLTW’s Engineering courses at their own schools.

Charron has taught at Gulliver since the late 1990s. He started the school’s state-of-the-art engineering program in 2004, and created both the biomedical science program and the Middle School pre-engineering program in 2008. His students have received numerous national and international awards, including two National Championships in the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge, for two different devices: a life-saving water filtration device that is now being used in Haiti, Nigeria, Argentina and the Philippines, and a clean energy system for developing countries.

The 2014 PLTW Summit took place in Indianapolis, Nov. 2-5, and included more than 1,300 educators and leaders in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors who are dedicated to helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. The national event served as a catalyst for collaboration and strategies to help solve the education and workforce development challenges facing the U.S. For information, visit www.pltw.org.

For information about Gulliver Schools, visit www.gulliverschools.org.


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