Chris Mathas - NRC Project Manager
Chris spent years as a local contractor working with his hands. His resume reads like a jack of all trades: Shop teacher, manufacturer, school volunteer, welding and mechanical drafting, solar lighting. He learned first-hand the value of experience. As a teacher on special assignment, he shares practical skills with kids as they build, hands on, the school’s innovative Natural Resource Center (NRC). “I have never worked so hard in my life. It is a challenge keeping up with kids. But they give me energy, and it is contagious. They love solving actual problems.” As he teaches, he is quick to explain to all, “If you have a hands-on skill, you have a better chance to help yourself and the world.” Does this teaching philosophy work on kids? One look at the expanding NRC campus will tell you it is unbelievably successful. Make sure to include a visit to the NRC when in Butte Falls and see what motivated students can do. PREPARATION: Chris has been a licensed contractor in California and Oregon for nearly 40 years. He has built projects for the U.S. Air Force and for the California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection. When not building young minds, his firm, Mathas Enterprises, distributes and installs tubular skylights in Oregon and Northern California. Oregon Registered Teacher.