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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the Educational Services Department!
Don't forget to check out our video introduction on the Meet Our Team page!

Administrative Team


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Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

831.755.0383

clewis@montereycoe.org

Connect with Caryn on Twitter at: @k12innovation

Operating from core principles that everything we do must generate a positive impact on the success of all students, our Educational Services team is dedicated to growing the collective capacity of the Monterey County educators who lead this vital work every day. Our shared purpose is to engage in collaborative partnerships and develop dynamic instructional systems in order to accelerate learning and maximize opportunities for all of our youth. Recognizing the diverse needs of our learning communities across the region, we are committed to supporting schools and districts with innovative programs and services to ensure equitable solutions for college and career readiness. Our goal is to provide you with extraordinary service and ongoing support to develop rigorous academic pathways that foster student agency and cultivate deeper learning competencies. 


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Dora Salazar

Director, K-12 Language & Literacy

831.755.6439

dorsalazar@montereycoe.org

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. 


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Jennifer Elemen, Ed.D.

Educational Administrator, Language & Literacy and History-Social Science

831.784.4154

jelemen@montereycoe.org

My purpose is to support educators and empower students to develop growth mindsets, increase language development, literacy, and civic learning, build school-community partnerships, and achieve 21st century knowledge and skills for college, career, and civic life readiness. 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. I serve as the CCSESA/CISC History-Social Science Subcommittee Region 5 Representative and President of the Bay Area Council for the Social Studies.


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Cathy Cranson

Educational Administrator, Special Projects

831.784.4155

ccranson@montereycoe.org

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.


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William Franzell

Educational Administrator, Science/STEAM

831.784.4147

wfranzell@montereycoe.org

As an Educational Administrator 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 20 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. 


Denise Green

Denise Green

Educational Administrator, Mathematics

831.784.4113

dgreen@montereycoe.org

Connect with Denise on Twitter at: @denisebgreen

Denise Green is the Educational Administrator of Mathematics, in the Educational Services Department, and as such she strives to support districts and schools to ensure students gain a rigorous math education in Monterey County. She is a life long learner and math enthusiast. Denise aspires to empower all students in math class and to instill the belief that each and every student is good at math.


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Dr. Ramiro Reyes

Educational Administrator, Assessment

831.755.0300 ext. 110

rreyes@montereycoe.org

 
 

 


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Kristine Vasquez

Educational Administrator, Induction

831.784.4189

kvasquez@montereycoe.org

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.


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Lety Gomez-Gong

Manager, Expanded Learning

831.237.0053

lgomezgong@montereycoe.org

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.  


Mara Wold

Mara Wold

Program Coordinator II, Expanded Learning

831.784.4168

mwold@montereycoe.org 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
-Gandhi

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.


Esther Rubio

Esther Rubio

Program Coordinator II, School Climate

831.755.0843

erubio@montereycoe.org

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.


Kathleen Heagney

Kathleen Heagney

Program Coordinator I, AmeriCorps

831.755.0375

kheagney@montereycoe.org

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.


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Eliza Gomez

Program Coordinator II, QRIS

831.783.5289

elgomez@montereycoe.org

“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 uneducate 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.


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Janeth Rojas

Program Specialist, ECE

831.784.4141

jarojas@montereycoe.org

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.


Support Staff

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Susan Castillo

Teacher and Administrator Induction

831.755.0834
scastill@montereycoe.org

Jenny Davila

Jenny Davila

Financial Secretary

831.755.0833
jdavila@montereycoe.org

Gwenn Frindt

Gwenn Frindt

Executive Assistant

831.755.0364
gfrindt@montereycoe.org



Yadira Perez

QRIS & Expanded Learning

831.755.0369
yaperez@montereycoe.org

Gail Kuehl

Gail Kuehl

Special Projects

831.755.0368
gkuehl@montereycoe.org

Contacts

Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
clewis@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0383

Gwenn Frindt

Executive Assistant
gfrindt@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0364

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