About Charlie

Charlie serves as the Director of Technology for Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. A member of the senior leadership team, he directs instructional technology programs, technical infrastructure, and operations. Under his leadership, Penn Manor implemented the largest classroom desktop Linux program in Pennsylvania. The district one-to-one laptop program, as well as the unique Penn Manor High School student help desk, was featured in the Red Hat documentary film, The Power of Open in Education.

Charlie is a passionate advocate for open source values in education and a frequent speaker at education and technology events. His first book, The Open Schoolhouse, chronicles more than 15 years of innovative open source learning programs at Penn Manor School District. He is also a contributor to the opensource.com community.

Charlie is a four-time winner of the PA School Business Officials Award of Achievement for excellence in school technology, and a 2009 recipient of Millersville University’s Walker Center Civics Leadership Award for community Internet safety education and outreach. He received a 2010 PA School Public Relations Association Award of Honor for his development of Penn Manor’s blogging platform. Under his leadership, Penn Manor School District earned the 2011 School of Excellence in Technology Award from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA). In 2016, Penn Manor was recognized with the Districts of Distinction Award for the Open Source 1-to-1 Laptop Program.

Charlie received his M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology from Philadelphia University. He is a member of the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and a member of the PA School Business Officials Association (PASBO). Charlie has served as an adjunct instructor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Philadelphia University.

Charlie speaking