John Mathis

mathisSWS Board Member

  • BW Class of 2013
  • Camano resident since 2002

Beach Watchers/SWS Experience

  • Beach Watcher Advisory Council (2014 and 2015)
  • Beach Watcher Change Committee (2015)
  • SWS Project Committee (2014-present)
  • Camano Steering Committee (2014-Present)
  • Camano Education and Training Committee (2014-Present)
  • Co-facilitator Camano Island Training Class (2015 and 2016)
  • SWS Green Crab Project (2015-Present)
  • Camano Intertidal Biomonitoring (2013-Present)
  • Storm Surge volunteer (2016)

Life/Work Experience

  • Retired after 34 years in public education. I began my career as a high school teacher, moved into high school administration, then became a school superintendent. Each step in my career required additional education and professional certification.
  • Extensive experience managing budgets, hiring/evaluating staff, working with the community, improving the quality of K-12 education for all students, administrating the construction of schools, managing employee discipline issues, and negotiating labor agreements.
  • After retiring my wife and I opened an education consulting business designed to assist administrators and teachers in Washington meet educational standards for struggling students.
  • Volunteered in the communities we have lived. Therefore, I was active in community service organizations such as: Lions Club, Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce.

Skills re Board

  • Worked closely with School Boards as a high school principal and school superintendent in the communities I served.
  • Served on a variety of professional and community boards for the last 45 years.
  • Assisted boards establish their priorities, set specific annual goals, and celebrate their accomplishments.


  • Family (wife, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren)
  • Life-long learner
  • Travel
  • Gardening
  • Fishing, crabbing, shrimping

Reason I want to serve

  • To help Sound Water Stewards re-engage members whose participation has decreased, while recruiting new members so we can remain an important presence in the environmental community.