About Charles

SO . . . . what is new, you might ask?

 Well, after 37 years of teaching in Seymour Community Schools, I took an early retirement offer in 2010, and I am officially “retired”. I am now going to be a full-time composer, author, presenter and photographer. I also have a crazy new hobby - ultra running! That means races beyond the marathon distance of 26.2 miles, like 50Ks, 50 & 100 milers and timed races like 24-hour events (my favorite).

I am a proud native Hoosier, born in Indianapolis in 1951. I graduated from Seymour High School in 1969 and then I went on to the University of Evansville.  I graduated from UE in 1973, with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. In 1976, I received my Masters from Indiana University.

Susie and I have been married for 35 years and we have 6 children and 5 granddaughters, with THREE more on the way!. 

I have received 3 Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowships in 1995, 2004 and 2007. My 2007 award was for the $25,000 Distinguished Teacher Creativity Fellowship. a project entitled, "An Indiana Portrait" - my view of rural Indiana through photography and music. I am gratefully in a very small group of Indiana teachers who have won three Lilly Fellowships.

In March 2014, I was nearly killed in an auto accident and ended up with many severe injuries, including 5 pelvic fractures and more. I am still recovering, but doing well. I am an ultra runner and last year did my first 50-miler at the Indiana Trail 100. I ran that race as a fundraiser for Eva Kor and her Holocaust museum in Terre Haute - CANDLES and raised over $13,000. I traveled to Poland twice this year with Auschwitz survivor, Eva Kor and I now offer talks about the Holocaust and my trips to Auschwitz to schools and libraries. I do not ask for payment for these talks, but I do request a donation be made directly to CANDLES. So far, I have been receiving $100-200 from libraries (their friends of their library groups usually), that is sent directly to CANDLES, So far this year, I have been able to have $800 in honorariums sent to CANDLES through my presentations and I hope to earn more for Eva and CANDLES.