— Will Rogers
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|
A WORD FROM OUR CAMPAIGN MANAGER
In these unprecedented times, it is becoming even more clear how important it is for our communities, and our nation as a whole, to elect representatives we can trust. As our people and our government face new challenges, the voters have an opportunity to appoint delegates who we can count on to confront these challenges with practical solutions that best meet our needs. This is our chance to elect representatives who are authentic— representatives with the courage to ensure the issues and concerns that matter to us are being discussed and resolved.
The only way to fix the broken system is by collectively voting for individuals who understand and relate to the principles we live by and strive for.
Claus Joens is an engaged member of the many communities to which he belongs. As a high school teacher, he has demonstrated his ability to educate a diverse group of students with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, abilities, and needs. He has achieved this through the process of listening, understanding, and adapting as necessary to empower his students to accomplish their individual goals. I am confident he will apply a similar process of listening to and understanding the issues we care most about to succeed in accurately representing the people of the 39th L.D. He recognizes and accepts the issues that resonate with us because he is a member of our community! In addition to investing in the education of our youth through his career in teaching, he has welcomed numerous opportunities to enrich the lives of those around him— from leading extracurricular activities for students such as Robotics, Future Business Leaders of America, and overseeing the completion of the high school yearbook, to serving as President of the Concrete Lions Club, to serving as a member of the Concrete Economic Development Council, he has illustrated his commitment to making things better than they were before. Claus is someone we can rely on to speak up for what matters most to the people in the 39th L.D.
Haley McNealey resides in Birdsview, Washington where she has lived for twenty-two years.