Jeff Charbonneau has been a teacher – specifically for chemistry, physics and engineering – for over 12 years.
He also founded and directs the ZHS Robot Challenge and acts as the co-president at the Zillah Education Association. Most recently, he was awarded the 2013 National Teacher of the Year.
In a session of Levo League’s Office Hours, Jeff offered advice on how to succeed in any career from his experiences in teaching and mentoring…
What Jeff found to be the most helpful aspect in effective teaching was not how well he explained the content but how hard he strove to obtain a positive relationship with each and every one of his students.
It is the same in any other field or industry in which you’re constantly dealing with people and understanding the needs and desires of the individuals whether it’s your bosses or clients. So always keep in mind that you need to gather a mutual sense of trust and respect – which constitutes any great relationship – in order to be successful in your job.
“Relationships come first,” Jeff said. “Content comes second.”
Expect More from Everyone
It’s important to understand that pushing and challenging each other is important to take things to the next level. You need to expect more from those around you and most importantly, from yourself.
Jeff stressed that giving yourself excuses or pushing things off to another time shows your lack of enthusiasm. It’s crucial to always motivate yourself to get things done now and in the present, instead of telling yourself it’s okay to think about it the next time it comes around. It’s hard to come by those second chances, so when you have the opportunities, seize them.
Know what you’re capable of and what you want to accomplish in your lifetime. In order to be successful in any field or career means to stay true to your values, morals and dreams. Don’t fake who you are and what you want in order to get instant gratification because more often than not, you won’t be happy later on. The trick is to have fun and enjoy your job – and most importantly, you need to be yourself.
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About the Author: Catherine is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s in journalism. She’s a foodie, fashionista-wannabe, and New Yorker at heart (she does juice cleanses for fun). She has an unhealthy obsession with Elle’s horoscope section and stalks French bulldogs on Instagram. She is currently an editorial intern for Levo League and Niche Media.