“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Claus Joens

Claus is a Career & Technical Education (CTE) Business Education teacher at Concrete High School. He has recently completed his Administrator Certificate/Principal. Claus lives on the Skagit River in Marblemount, just outside North Cascades National Park. He has celebrated 25 years with his wife Linda, a high school counselor. They have three children: Alex, Katie, and Christian; and many pets. He enjoys hunting and fishing when not working.

Washington State receives about $50 Billion per year in revenue. K-12 and higher education comprise two of the largest budget items. Claus holds graduate degrees in both Business Administration and Educational Leadership. He worked in various positions of corporate finance for Ford Motor Company for 20 years before teaching the past 8 years. Claus was born and raised here in the wheat fields of the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. He has the following education:

Master of Science in Educational Leadership  Western Governors University
Master of Business Administration  Gonzaga University
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Eastern Washington University
Career and Technical Education Certificate Central Washington University
Associate of Arts in Agriculture Spokane Community College
Associate in Applied Science in Agribusiness Spokane Community College