Saturday February 27, Bruce Charbonneau, the Computer Science and Robotics teacher at Rockwall High School, was selected as a 2015-2016 Air Force Association Teacher of the Year by our local AFA Chapter 416.
Bruce stepped up to coach and lead the CyberPatriot effort for Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath High Schools. He stated he had an interest in expanding his student’s abilities and to expose them to things that would help them make better long term decisions in their lives. He saw CyberPatriot as a tool the would do that. He worked with Jean Laswell of the Rockwall ISD Career-Technical Education staff and the two of them gar-nered full support for the program. In fact, in the first year, the school supported the registrations, developed required resources, and obtained all internet connections to establish the program. Bruce was able to inspire two teams of students to give this first effort a try.
In his third year, Bruce is now leading a total of four teams and has a parent helping him coach. The teams are doing well and competitions are exciting for the students and all involved.
Bruce has an uncanny rapport where he is teacher, mentor, and generator of excitement about what they are doing. In this capacity he has already impacted over 40 students to consider where cyber efforts could take them in their careers and lives.
He not only influences them in training and competitions, but he is leading a Digital Forensics course along with other computer science courses to further their opportunities. Bruce also leads the schools Robotics efforts and is deemed “Mr. C” by his teams. He has been involved in these efforts for more than eight years now and regularly leads his teams to the Regional Finals if not all the way to the WorId Championship. It is estimated that he has directly influenced over 1,200 student to consider engineering as a career.”