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Jun 2008Jul 2011

Technology/Music Director


2010-2011 Technology Director & Music Teacher - Turning Point Learning Center

As Technology Director and Music Instructor Charlie had the responsibility to find and integrate new technologies into all courses as well as monitoring network activity, troubleshooting school network connectivity, maintenance, repair, and inventorying of school computers. In the position of music instructor Charlie worked with 5th-8th grade students in the Face2Face program as well as home-schooled chil- dren in the K-8 Virtual Program. Responsibilities included creating and managing the orchestra, band, rock band, choir, junkyard band, piano, guitar, and world percussion classes. Additionally Charlie worked with virtual (home-school) students in person and through Skype to facilitate individualized vocal and instrumental lessons.

2009-2010 Technology Director & Global Studies Teacher - Turning Point Learning Center

Charlie worked closely with his co-teacher, Ginger Lewman, to provide an exciting global curriculum for all students grades 5-8. This position included the added responsibility of monitoring network activity, troubleshooting school network connectivity, as well as mainte- nance, repair, and inventorying of school computers.

2008-2009 Director of Math & Science Integration - Turning Point Learning Center

As Director of Math and Science Integration, Charlie was responsible for all lessons, projects, and testing in these subjects. Additionally, this job required working with other staff members to integrate these content areas into a holistic curriculum.

Jul 2002Jun 2008

Gifted Facilitator

El Dorado Public Schools

As gifted facilitator Charlie had the responsibility to manage the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for gifted students K-12 within the district. This included leading the collaborative process of creating the plans with parents, students, and other school staff. In this position Charlie also organized a cooperative of gifted facilitators in Butler County to provide added services and opportunities for high ability students throughout the area. In his last year in the district Charlie was also integral in restarting the high school AP program and won a grant for the district to receive $14,000 in interactive distance learning equipment to be used in their first Global Studies and Chinese Language programs.

Jun 1999Dec 2002

Guitar Salesperson

EM Shorts Guitars

While working on his music education degree Charlie sold guitars, basses, amplifiers and accessories at Shorts Guitars. In addition to acting as a commission based sales person dedicated to customer service, Charlie also managed a portion of the incoming and outgoing inventory for both the guitar and band shop while maintaining the cleanliness and order of the shops.


Home Audio Sales

Best Buy

As a retail sales associate Charlie was responsible for sales and general daily maintenance of the home theater department at the West Wichita Best Buy store. Though Charlie began his work at Best Buy on the merchandising team and spent a few months doing Loss Prevention the majority of his time was spent in home audio sales.



Wichita State University
Charlie completed his degree with an emphasis in special music education qualifying him to teach and direct music programs ranging from PreK through 12th grade instrumental and vocal music as well as working with music in the special education classroom.
Jan 2003May 2006


Wichita State University

Charlie completed his masters degree in Gifted Education, which qualifies him to teach Gifted and Talented students between Kindergarten and 12th Grade. This educational experience was integral in developing keen problem solving skills and the ability to organize teams of high ability members to complete difficult tasks.


Music Performance and Composition
Having a music degree and strong passion for music has given Charlie the opportunity to work on his skills in Composition, Percussion, Classical Strings, Bass, Guitar and numerous other instruments.
Video Production
Charlie has been using iMovie, Final Cut, Adobe After Effects for a number of years for his own personal video creation as well as projects with his students.
Audio Recording, Mixing, and Production
  Using Logic Pro and GarageBand and the occasional Windows application Charlie has been working in independent audio production since before he began working on his undergraduate at Wichita State. 


Kevin Honeycutt

As Technology Integration Specialist for ESSDACK, Kevin was an integral part of creating the charter school and team in which Charlie taught.

Kay Gibson

In addition to being an adviser for masters degree work, Dr. Gibson was also a fellow board member on the State Gifted Teachers Association.

Terry Fehrenbach

Principal, Turning Point Learning Center

Ginger Lewman


Co-Worker at Turning Point Learning Center, Co-conference chair and board member for the State Gifted Teachers Association


Jun 2011Present

Google Certified Teacher


Apple iLife Certified



Inovation in Music - Rock Band

Management and Leadership Profile

  • Technology Director for Turning Point Learning Center, a 1:1 laptop school (140+ MacBooks), Duties included teacher training, troubleshooting and repairing network and hardware problems, coordinating inventory and ordering equipment.
  • President/Local Secretary, Mensa-Kansas Chapter: facilitated/scheduled monthly meetings, expanded membership, and published the monthly newsletter and website
  • Google Certified Teacher
  • Region Director, organized and hosted Kansas Association for Gifted Talented and Creative (KGTC) multiple regional conferences and co-chaired the state-wide conference
  • Entered year three of a completely new school. Helped design the school based on Habits of Mind as well as the philosophies of Clay Shirky and Daniel Pink
  • Created a technology department from the ground up, working with the "wires and pliers" as well as introducing new tools, training students and staff, and managing network filtering and firewalls
  • Over 400% expansion of the music program by launching significant changes from a traditional environment to include both Virtual and F2F both separate and combined learning/performing modern and traditional music
  • Collaborated on building the Life Practice Model
  • Professional Development for other education professionals
  • Coordinated Multiple Global Nomads Conferences (, connecting students across multiple states and countries to discuss various current events
  • Won and Facilitated a $14,000 interactive distance learning grant to be used in Global Studies and Chinese Language programs for grades K-12 in a rural Kansas school
  • Designed and integrated PBL curriculum within a 1:1 laptop environment (Kindergarten-8th grade)
  • Collaborated on the creation of the school's Digital Project Policy
  • Coordinated the integration of blogging, wikis, video creation, Google Tools, video conferencing, and various other tools
  • Trained and served as a Cyber-Bullying consultant for ESSDACK Facilitated the implementation of Google Apps for Education at TPLC Collaborated with incoming staff to transfer accounts, learning philosophies
  • Coordinated an unprecedented grant with other local and national education stakeholders to integrate iPhones for students, grades 5-8
  • Initiated unique and experimental music programs (including Rock Band and Junkyard Band)
  • Bought first investment property at the age of 14 and another at 17



Kansas Legislative Candidate 99th District, Kansas State House of Representatives

2006 Member of Sedgwick County Department on Aging Advisory Board

2006-2008 Wichita State University Special Education Programs Advisory Panel

2005-2009 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)


Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented and Creative (KGTC) Serving as Regional Director & Web/Technology Director


Designing a better world through creativity, communication, information, innovation, & education.

Select Presentations


  • Racquetball
  • Brewing Beer
  • Skydiving
  • Rock Climbing

Conferences Hosted

Kansas Association for Gifted Talented and Creative Region 5 Convention, Wichita KS - 2004-07

Kansas Association for Gifted Talented and Creative Region 6 Convention, Chanute KS - 2009

Kansas Association for Gifted Talented and Creative State Convention Co-Chair, Lawrence KS - 2009