OPC Weekend 2022 Awards

David P. Montgomery OPC '64 Alumni Award of Merit

To a graduate of the William Penn Charter School whose character and outstanding achievement have reflected lasting credit upon this school.

The Alumni Award of Merit has been named in honor of David P. Montgomery OPC ’64 in recognition of his legacy and his commitment to Penn Charter.

Charles S. Kaesshaefer OPC '71


Charlie Kaesshaefer’s career in education spans 45 years, two Quaker institutions and countless roles as a teacher, administrator, coach and camp director.

After graduating from Penn Charter in 1971, Kaesshaefer earned a B.S. in elementary education from Penn State University and began teaching in the lower school at Greene Street Friends. During his 11 years at Greene Street, he created and directed the after-school sports program, coached several teams, led a committee that founded the middle school, and served as vice principal.

In 1986 Kaesshaefer returned to Penn Charter, where he taught second and fourth grade, developed and directed the after-school Enrichment Program, and served as assistant director of Lower School for 14 years. In addition to his teaching and administrative roles, Kaesshaefer was integral to Penn Charter’s Day Camp for more than 50 years in a professional trajectory that took him from junior counselor to Summer Camps director.

Kaesshaefer is also the author of a children’s book, The Lost Princess, with illustrations by Lower School art teacher Karen Riedlmeier. His previous Penn Charter honors include the Distinguished Teacher Award (1994) and the Aaron E. Carpenter OPC 1902 Mastership for a Lower School Teacher (2006).

Kaesshaefer has been married to Penn Charter music teacher Debbie Kaesshaefer for 40 years, and they are the parents of three OPCs: Scott OPC ’08, Megan Jones OPC ‘04 and Laura Murphy OPC ’04.

John F. Gummere Distinguished Teacher Award

Honoring those who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, teaching and character, and whose work in their field, rapport with students and colleagues, and contributions to the intellectual life of the school merit recognition.

Deborah C. White

Honorary 1689 Diplomas

Given to a member of the Penn Charter community who has shown extraordinary commitment to the school by demonstrating pride and excellence in the performance of their duties and by consistently providing encouragement and support to the student body.

Elizabeth A. Flemming

David Wright