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Heart of Education Consulting offers entertaining and informative workshops and keynote presentations on dynamic school improvement.

Charlie Coleman has credentials and experience to help you get to where you want to go. See Testimonials. Check out our services and products.

Charlie Coleman
Educator, Author & Consultant
Charlie Coleman is an award-winning educator, author and consultant. Charlie has been honored by a number of organizations. Awards and accolades include:
  • OYEA! Outstanding Young Educator Award from ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • Canada's Outstanding Principals from The Learning Partnership
  • Top 40 Schools in Canada from Today's Parent Magazine 
Charlie brings his experience, enthusiasm and sense of humor to every event and situation. He has been a principal at high school, middle school and elementary school. He has also been a District Principal at the Central Board Office. He currently lives in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada and does consulting across North America. Charlie has experience with inner-city and ethnically-diverse schools. Charlie also worked on a school improvement initiative with the Ministry of Education. As a published author, Charlie is an engaging facilitator and keynote speaker working in schools and districts across North America. Charlie is available for a limited number of public speaking engagements each year. See the Testimonials.
Contact Charlie directly at charlie@heartofeducation.com



Charlie Coleman has been a principal at the high school, middle, and elementary school levels in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. As a principal at all levels, Charlie has been successful in decreasing behavior problems and increasing academic success. Creating positive learning environments for ALL is a priority for Charlie, and he has experience improving school culture in many schools, K to 12.

Charlie is former principal of Cowichan Secondary School, Quamichan Middle School and Khowhemun Elementary school, in Duncan, British Columbia. At each school, Charlie helped lead the staff to build a results-oriented professional learning community. Most recently he Charlie has been District Principal of Indigenous Education, supporting district and school staff to ensure Equity & Indigenous Student Success. He has also been involved with the BC Ministry of Education School Improvement Project in a variety of elementary, middle, and high school settings. He is a certified staff developer who combines his experience and expertise with an engaging sense of humor in his workshops and presentations.

At Khowhemun Elementary School, Charlie brought students and staff through challenges familiar to many socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Four years after he became principal, the percent of all Khowhemun students who met or exceeded expected scores in math and reading (based on the British Columbia Performance Standards) increased significantly. At Quamichan Middle School, Charlie's PLC team increased reading scores significantly and significantly improved the transition rates for the vulnerable Indigenous (Native American) population. At Cowichan Secondary, Charlie led the team to decrease serious problem behavior and increase graduation rates.

Charlie is also a Solution Tree Author, as co-author of ‘Pyramid of Behavior Interventions: 7 keys to creating a positive learning environment’. He has published several articles in the United States and Canada and has served on numerous educational committees and teams. Charlie’s accomplishments earned him the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Outstanding Young Educator Award. He has also received Canada's Outstanding Principal Award from The Learning Partnership, and Khowhemun Elementary was named a Top 40 School in Canada by Today's Parent Magazine.

A firm believer in servant leadership, Charlie uses his knowledge and energy to help other educators achieve great results. In addition, his experience working with urban and Native Canadian (Indigneous) students translates into practical strategies for helping eliminate achievement gaps in diverse school communities.

He earned a master's degree in education administration and leadership studies and a bachelor's degree in secondary curriculum from the University of Victoria.