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. He has also been involved with the 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 (as measured by the District Reading Test) and significantly improved the
transition rates for the vulnerable Aboriginal 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
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 (Aboriginal) 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