Welcome from our Eagle Lodge Leader
Eagle Lodge Leader
Hello, and welcome to the Eagle Lodge!
I am the great grandson to Christian Jorgensen, who immigrated to the Tacoma area from Denmark in the early 1900’s and worked as a cement contractor/builder. My great grandfather helped his eldest son, my grandfather (Chester), to graduate from Stadium High School, as did his eldest son, my father Clifford. My dad went to the University of Puget Sound but did not graduate. I am Clifford’s eldest son, Christopher (Chris), the first son to graduate from college in the line of my ancestors on my father’s side of the family. Both my parents died in a plane crash when I was 4 years old, and my grandparents on both my Mom’s and Dad’s sides played a huge role in raising me and my brother and two sisters.
I was born in Tacoma and graduated from the University of Puget Sound where I studied History, Literacy and Education. I grew up in Federal Way (Go Eagles!), and my former Federal Way High School counselor (who became a principal) hired me to teach History and Literacy, and to coach football at Totem Junior High School in Federal Way for 8 years. I then received my Masters in Administration with an emphasis in Literacy from Central Washington University in 2002.
My grandfather on my mother Catherine’s side, William Barrett, always made reading and education a priority and encouraged me to one day earn a Master’s degree. His love of classical music, trains and reading historical biographies has affected me greatly to this day. My wife and I have been married for 30 years and now have two grandchildren of our own (my grandson already has an affinity for trains as well). We have made our children and grandchildren our priority, and family continues to be a focus of our core values. We have taught our five children to have great respect for their elders and to see education as a lifelong pursuit of priceless wisdom and knowledge that encompasses the mind, body and soul.
Athletics have been a very important part of my life. I led the state of Washington in passing yards and pitching/hitting statistics my senior year at Federal Way High School. I played college football (PLU, Yakima Valley College and UPS) and college baseball (PLU). I was a high school football and baseball coach and all 5 of my children played sports while growing up, and one of my sons played football at WSU. These experiences have informed my outlook on the importance of students being involved in after-school activities and the importance of being connected to school. I also see myself continually as a coach and teacher when helping teachers and students in their lifelong learning.
In my 28 years in education I have had the honor of collaborating with high-functioning teams of educators. I was a teacher for 12 years and a principal for 16 years. I had the privilege of being a team member that helped turn schools around as demonstrated by receiving the highly coveted CEE Award of being named a Washington State School of Distinction for academic progress in three different schools: Lake Stevens Middle School 2005, Heatherwood Middle School 2008 and Lynden Academy 2018.
I am very excited about the upcoming school year ahead and the opportunity to do my very best to serve you and your family.
Eagle Lodge Leader