About Charlie

Charlie serves as the Director of Technology for Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He provides strategic leadership, management, and oversight of all district educational technology programs, IT operations, and information services for innovative teaching and learning with technology.

Charlie’s academic interests include digital privacy and security, open source principles, and how the future of artificial intelligence challenges schools to rethink teaching and learning.

Charlie is a frequent speaker at education and technology events. His 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.

Under his leadership, Penn Manor implemented the largest classroom desktop Linux program in Pennsylvania. The district one-to-one laptop program, and unique student help desk, was featured in the Red Hat documentary, The Power of Open in Education.

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 has served as an adjunct instructor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Philadelphia University.

Charlie speaking