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Charles E. Wheaton, Ph.D


"Whoever wishes to be great among you must be a servant of others." Matthew 20:26

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In his 40 years serving in education, Charles E. Wheaton, Ph.D. has had the opportunity to work in nine different school districts of both large and small sizes serving as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, curriculum and professional development director, special programs director, assistant superintendent and superintendent.  Wheaton is an avid student of effective leadership practices and has had the privelege to author curriculum, a teacher evaluation manual, several leadership articles, and a dissertation on servant leadership and the public school superintendent through Gonzaga University (1999).  He has also taught college courses on supervision, leadership, school finance, and current issues in education and has presented on leadership topics at national, state, and local conferences. He has demonstrated his dedication to service and social justice through his profession, community, and contributions to scholarly work. Please view Wheaton's full resume here.

Wheaton and his wife, Janet, recently relocated to Richland, WA after spending twelve wonderful years in Granger, WA.  They have two children: Lisa Colleen Franklin and Charles Mark Wheaton.  They have given us eight grandchildren for which he is very proud.  He especially enjoys teasing them and telling them unbelievable lies. In his spare time, Wheaton enjoys reading, writing, gardening, practicing his faith, and spending time with family. In the not too distant past, he enjoyed volunteering in prison ministry.  He also likes to sing when anyone will listen.

His greatest passion is serving others.  Upon returning to Othello to fill an interim position just after he failed his first attempt to retire, the local newspaper noted: “Wheaton is such a strong servant of the helping professions that he has enlisted the support of his entire family in the cause of serving others.”  His wife, Janet has retired as a school administrator in Granger and now assists in the training of aspiring principals for Heritage University.  His daughter, Lisa is the school counselor, assessment coordinator and special education director for the Touchet School District which is just west of Walla Walla.  Nathan, her husband, is involved in counseling while Wheaton’s son, Mark and his daughter in law, Erika are involved in ministry.  Mark also works for WSU as a HEP (high school equivalency program) Recruiter, is an event planner, and recently received his real estate license and handled the transaction on our new home.  His wife, Erika is working through Utah State University with the goal of becoming a school Speech and Language Pathologist.


Just a few areas of Community Involvement include:

Lector at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Yakima

CASA/GAL-Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem for the Yakima Juvenile Court

Sunrise Homeless Volunteer

Columbia County Resource Advisory Committee, 2002

Project Timothy, Board Member, February 2002

Prison Ministry-Walla Walla State Prison-February 2001

Volunteer, WA State Penitentiary, Walla Walla, WA.  2000

Chamber of Commerce “Employee of the Year,” 2002.

Touchet Valley Arts Council, “Oklahoma,” Fall 2002.

Dayton Kiwanis Club President-Elect/Program Chair, 2000-2001, President, 2002

President, Parish Council, 1986-87.  Liturgy Chairperson, 1985-87 and 1992-93. 

Othello Community Library Board Member, 1984-87.

The Harbor Club, Seattle, Wa., 1965-1982 (Food Service)

IDEA, John Goodlad, Study of Schooling, ESD 121, Fall, 1977.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Othello, Wa.

Othello Choral and Theater Societies.












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