David Blattner has been in education for 25 years. He started as a high school English teacher then advanced to become an assistant principal. As assistant principal, he always advocated for the advancement of technology integration. He brought the first mobile technology lab to his school system, implemented the first online courses, and pioneered the use technology programs to remediate students so that they can stay on track for graduation. After becoming the principal of a large comprehensive high school, he partnered with the higher education and implemented the first CCNA certification program certifying high school students with full certification. He utilized online learning to provide greater access and flexibility for students. As a principal of an innovative early college high school which was focused on technology and leadership he achieved 100% proficiency on all student assessments and 100% high school graduation rate. At that school he implemented the school systems first 1:1 program. He expanded the district virtual learning program allowing students across the school system to have access to online courses that previously were unattainable growing the online participation to be second in his state. He also utilized online learning with a home school/public school collaboration.
David has earned his bachelor’s from San Diego State University, master’s from Gardner-Webb University and his doctorate from Wingate University in Educational Leadership focusing on digital transformations of school systems. He has served as CTO of Iredell-Statesville Schools, where he modernized the school system’s infrastructure to prepare for the digital transformation to a 1:1 6 -12 initiative that he would later lead. He currently is working with Rowan-Salisbury Schools where he has been recognized as CIO of the year for Education by CharlotteCIO and the Charlotte Business Journal.