Chimacum Welcomes New School Superintendent

Dr. Scott Mauk has joined the Chimacum school community as superintendent, having served in public education for more than 27 years as a building administrator and teacher.

A Washington native, Mauk attended Santa Clara University (CA) as an undergraduate, the Evergreen State College as a graduate student, and Seattle Pacific University, where he received his doctorate in 2010 and certificate in executive leadership in 2019.

Mauk described himself as a passionate educator who believes in building engaging learning environments for all students. “I want Chimacum schools to be the heart center of a proud and vibrant community where all students and families thrive,” he said. To that end, he is working closely with the school board and the Chimacum staff to enhance and develop school district practices.

“Place-based and project-based learning are an emphasis for developing instructional practices in all schools,” Mauk explained, adding that teachers are collaborating on new tactics to engage students. Those tactics include giving more student choice, developing questions that promote deeper thinking, and creating opportunities for students to develop literacy.

Wellness is a focus of the school staff this year in partnership with the Community Wellness Project and Jefferson County. A key component is job-embedded wellness activities, where staff can voluntarily participate one day a month in a wellness activity, such as yoga, mindfulness, nutrition coaching, or an activity, like cycling or walking.

Mauk said that Chimacum schools take advantage of their extraordinary farm-community setting by using many local ingredients in their school meals programs. They include locally grown grains, produce, meat, and dairy products.

The new superintendent said he envisions additional possibilities for continuing to transform Chimacum schools. “There are so many great things happening here. It is my job to ensure our people have the resources they need and link it all together in one common purpose,” he added. “It’s a great time to be part of a wonderful district.”

Mauk has two grown sons and lives in Chimacum with his wife Maggie. You can learn more about him at scottmauk.com.