Welcome to the Educational Services Department! Below you will find contact information and a short bio for each of our team members. Don't forget to check out our awesome YouTube intro on the Meet Our Team page!
|Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau, Ed.D.||Marilyn Cline||TBA Director of STEAM|
|Cathy Cranson||Felicia Darling, PhD.||Jennifer Elemen, Ed.D.|
|Denise Estrella, Ed.D.||William Franzel||Eliza Gomez|
|Lety Gomez-Gong||Kathleen Heagney||Vivian Moises|
|Janeth Rojas||Esther Rubio||Dora Salazar|
|James Showalter-Garcia||Kristine Vasquez||Mara Wold|
|Susan Castillo||Yvette Cervantes||Gwenn Frindt|
|Gabriela Hernandez||Jennifer Ibarra|
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
As the leader of the Educational Services Department he is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of all aspects of high quality instructional services needed by schools, districts, and MCOE student programs that prepares students for success.
Dr.Valenzuela-Mumau is a groundbreaking educational leader with proven success in supporting the professional growth of teachers and administrators. He brings 18 years of educational experience serving as a teacher and a site and district administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. Further, he has served school districts ranging from 3,000 to 32,000 students in both rural and suburban areas with diverse populations. His K-12 and district administration, expertise and broad educational background, along with his professional experiences and success in improving student achievements have prepared him to serve as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services of the Monterey County Office of Education.
Dr. Valenzuela-Mumau holds a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Oklahoma City University.
I am absolutely committed to the education and wellbeing of all youth. In 2016, I led Creekside Elementary School to receive the California State Gold Ribbon Award and the Title 1 Academic Achievement Awards. I will continue to serve our districts in the implementation of high quality educational programs.
Educational Administrator, Special Projects
I have worked for MCOE over eight years and have enjoyed focusing on different projects during my tenure. Fortunately, I’m an avid reader and love to spend my free time reading, spending time with my children and grandchildren. Setting high expectations for students, believing they can achieve, and helping meet these expectations has always been my philosophy.
Educational Specialist, Mathematics
Felicia Darling is a first-generation college student who has taught Math for 25 years in middle school through college. She is a Fulbright Scholar and published researcher who believes that all students can excel in Mathematics. Her professional development trainings focus on mindset, applied problem solving in groups, and facilitating mathematical discussions.
Educational Specialist, ELA/ELD Secondary
Empowering students and educators to develop growth mindsets, build school-community partnerships, increase civic learning opportunities, and achieve 21st century knowledge and skills is my purpose. I seek to expand outreach and PLC building from MCOE to the communities we serve to collectively improve the quality of life for our children.
Educational Administrator, Assessment
831.755.0300 ext. 110
My primary aim is to support educational professionals, parents, and community members as a team member and resource.
Educational Specialist, Science
As an Educational Specialist at MCOE, he is responsible for facilitating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Professional Learning Opportunities. Will is available to meet with administrative and grade level teams throughout the school year to provide support with the Next Generation Science Standards and design Science lessons aligned with the NGSS. His skills include designing, developing, and implementing staff development activities aligned to the NGSS as well. Will looks forward to collaborating with educators in order to collect/ analyze student data and set goals that will enhance student learning and achievement.
Will Franzell is an educational leader who worked as an Instructional Coach TOSA in the Alisal Union School District. As the Instructional Coach at Creekside Elementary School, Will played in important leadership role in helping his school earn the 2016 CA State Gold Ribbon and CA Title 1 Awards. He brings 19 years of educational experience, serving as an elementary school teacher, leader, and Coach. Will was also the recipient of the Alisal Education Foundation’s 2005 Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution, commitment, and leadership in strengthening our community. Furthermore, he has consistently received distinguished evaluations from multiple administrators, while significantly raising scores for district and CA state assessments.
Will Franzell holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Fresno State University.
Program Coordinator II, QRIS
“EARLIEST ISN’T BEST, FASTEST ISN’T BEST. If what we want for our children is a lifetime of excellence – in experience, in ability, in knowledge – we must be responsible enough to wait and thorough enough to look at all sides of their development.” – Bev Boss
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” -Cesar Chavez
These two quotes are connected to my heart and mind, in being innovative to help our children, parents and the ECE Professionals believe in reaching their dreams in pursuit to their happiness. I am a steward of service and strive to pay it forward in all I do.
Manager, Expanded Learning
As the Region 5 Manager of Expanded Learning, I am dedicated to providing the highest level of technical assistance services to over 240 state and federally funded expanded learning (out of school time) program sites within the region’s four county service areas. I also have the pleasure of serving as the coordinator for our Annual Region 5 ReV Up Conference that brings together 600 Expanded Learning professionals throughout the four counties.
I bring 20 years of upper management experience in leadership and non-profits, school support services and grant management. I am highly committed to excellence in providing coaching, consultation, training, mentoring and brokering service to enhance and increase the quality of programs in our region. My focus areas are in staff Capacity Building for both staff and students to EXCEL (Empowered, Committed to excellence, Collaborators, Engaged, Lifelong Learners) and Quality Improvement for students to thrive in high quality learning environments where they can actively engage in year round learning with academic and social emotional support and growth.
Program Coordinator I, AmeriCorps
Kathleen Heagney is serving as the AmeriCorps Coordinator for Monterey County United for Literacy. She is passionate about supporting schools to provide additional tutoring in literacy to give every child the support to achieve grade level standards in reading. Kathleen has been serving communities through non-profit work for the past 9 years managing volunteers, coordinating schools’ physical education programs, managing youth and family programming of all types, and working with volunteers, who support a variety of programs.
Program Coordinator, School Climate
Vivian Moises is currently the School Climate Program Coordinator I for the Monterey County Office of Education, Educational Services Division. She has taught a total of 18 in years in a variety of general education and special education settings, including elementary and secondary. She began her teaching career in San Jose and returned to Monterey County as a teacher at Salinas Union High School District for seven years. Among the various teacher-leader roles she held, she participated in the piloting of PBIS in Monterey County. Most recently, she served as the Program Specialist supporting new teachers in MCOE’s Teacher Induction program. She is looking forward to continuing her leadership work with the various school districts in Monterey County.
Program Specialist, ECE
It is with wholehearted dedication I strive to ensure that infants, toddlers and preschool children, including children with disabilities in the programs I had the opportunity to collaborate with (P.L.A.Y. Project/Easter Seals CA ACES and ABA methodologies, CAPSLO in South Monterey County, QRIS & the Monterey County Child Care Local Planning Council through MCOE) to provide programs with high quality care, culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate learning environments and rich experiences that maximize each child’s potential. I am committed to supporting and scaffolding learning processes designed to promote a deeper level of learning tailored to the unique and individual needs of the students/teachers with the purposeful intentionally of promoting smart and reachable goals helping the students/teachers achieve their learning goals.
Program Coordinator II, School Climate
Esther Rubio is currently the Program Coordinator II for the Monterey County Office of Education, Educational Services Division and was the former Director of the Head Start & Early Head Start Program in the county. She currently serves as the Chair of the First 5 Monterey County Commission and is Vice President of the Hartnell College Foundation Board as Directors. Esther also serves as a member of the Early Childhood Development Initiative Committee and United Way Impact Monterey County.
Esther graduated from Golden Gate University with a Master’s of Public Administration degree and is a graduate of San Jose State University and Hartnell College. Prior to her appointment as the Head Start Program Director, she was the School Readiness Manager responsible for implementing numerous early learning programs in the county.
Director, K-12 Language & Literacy
I have worked in diverse roles in education including; outdoor education team leader, bilingual teacher, adult ESL teacher, vice- principal, after-school project coordinator, adjunct professor and elementary school principal. I am committed to supporting teachers and site administrators to thrive in their roles and provide all students with exemplary instruction.
Educational Specialist, ELA/ELD Elementary
I am happy to be serving in a county with such a diverse plant, animal and human life. I believe nature is our greatest teacher and enjoy sharing what I have learned with teachers and students alike. In my 15 years in education, I have worked in primary, secondary and higher education developing curriculum and teaching students. I enjoy supporting ELD and making safe, connected and inspiring spaces where our students can thrive.
Educational Administrator, Induction
As an educator for the past 16 years, my background in teaching, coaching and leading a school has helped me to tune into the needs of students, teachers and administrators. I believe in the importance of helping teachers grow as professionals in order to expose our students to high quality education and the love of learning.
Program Coordinator II, Expanded Learning
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
This quote has always been a personal favorite as it embodies the values I hold dear: determination, passion and a commitment to make the world an even better place. I strive to live by this quote every day in my work and at home with my husband raising three children.