Sharla Matthews joined Char Brown as co-owner of Island Dance in 1997. As a homeschooling parent with children very involved in dance, Sharla wanted to ensure the possibility of a dance education on the island.
From 1998-2010, Sharla worked with the students and parents of Whidbey Island Academy as a certificated classroom teacher, advisory teacher and program director. Since that time, Sharla has been working as a First Grade Teacher at South Whidbey Elementary School. In earlier days, Sharla studied non-human primate behavior and earned her Master's Degree in Physical Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
Currently, at Island Dance, Sharla works in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Scheduling and Planning, and maintains the website.