— Thomas Jefferson
Claus Joens has served in the Washington State public education system for the past six years. Claus is a Career & Technical Education (CTE) Business teacher at Concrete High School. He has worked as a basketball coach, robotics team coach, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor, class advisor, and yearbook advisor. Claus is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol and leads the Concrete Flight of the Skagit Composite Squadron. He was named the Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Educator of the Year in 2018.
As a third-generation public school teacher, Claus understands the financial and operational challenges facing school districts. Students, teachers, and administrators are under greater pressure with fewer resources. Government has increased school regulation and imposed unfunded mandates. Some of these regulations are bad for children; Claus is running for Senate to fix this.
Born and raised in Washington State, Claus grew up on his grandparents’ wheat farm in Rosalia, WA. Claus earned his CTE Certificate from Central Washington University, his MBA from Gonzaga University, and his Bachelors in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. He is currently working on his principal’s certificate.
Claus Joens worked in corporate finance for Ford Motor Credit Company for 20 years before teaching. Claus spent 7 years at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, in the Quality Customer Service & Process Management Department, and the Strategic Planning Office. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Claus lives in Marblemount, WA, on the Skagit River, just outside North Cascades National Park. He is married to his wife Linda, a high school counselor, and they will soon celebrate their 24th anniversary. They have three children: Alex, Katie, and Christian; and many pets.