Dr. Scott Mauk, (B.S., M.I.T., Ed.D.) attended The Overlake School in Redmond and earned a B.S. in Anthropology from Santa Clara University. Before earning his Master in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College, he traveled extensively through the western states, Thailand, and Australia, developing an understanding for the range of culture and diversity. Scott then completed his Doctorate with emphasis on Leadership and Social and Emotional Learning at Seattle Pacific University in 2010.
In his work as an educator, Scott brings passion to learning communities and a deep commitment to equity and inclusion to his leadership. A teacher at heart, he has worked in multi-age, K-12 environments: alternative and traditional high schools, Elementary school, and K-12 alternative schools. He has served as a building and central office administrator in K-12 schools, gifted education, special education, and athletics, among other educator roles, before becoming the Superintendent of the Chimacum School District. He has guest-lectured and spoken to undergraduates and graduate students in education and education leadership, and served on nonprofit boards and committees, such as the Washington Association for Learning Alternatives. Because of his expertise, Scott has written and been interviewed about vital educational currents such as violence in schools, gender and schools, and school/parent partnership.
In addition to holding multiple positions in public education and his community, Scott has received awards for his scholarship, teaching, and leadership, including the Mentorship Award from South Whidbey Schools Foundation, and the WALA Educator of the Year Award (Washington Association for Learning Alternatives). He has served as the President of WALA, and has been a featured presenter and keynote speaker at many conferences.
Scott describes his influence in public education as pioneering learning environments infused with a sense of community and working collaboratively with students, parents, colleagues and other partners. He is recognized as an outstanding school leader, who leads with heart and supports people in his school community to work with joy and commitment through distributed leadership and developing shared purpose.
When asked why he has dedicated his career to education, Scott shares, “I believe the purpose of education is human happiness and fulfillment. We meet that purpose by creating learning environments that nurture equity and inclusion, and foster the transformational relationship between teacher and student.”
Scott is a Native Cascadian, born in Seattle and raised in Redmond, Washington. An avid outdoorsman at an early age, Scott has spent his childhood and life backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, skiing, kayaking, fishing, and hunting all around Washington.
Scott has two sons Sage (26, married to Rohini, and lives in Tennessee), Sawyer (21, and goes to college in Portland), and Greta Lark (born February 2023) and lives in Port Hadlock with his wife, Maggie, and Greta. They enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, gardening, cooking, travel, and reading by the fire.