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County Superintendent

Dr. Deneen Guss

County Superintendent of Schools

County Superintendent Dr. Deneen Guss was sworn in as the Monterey County Superintendent of Schools in January 2019 and is serving in her first term of office. Superintendent Guss continually supports Monterey County’s 24 local school districts, eight charter schools, and the over 75,000 students they serve.

Dr. Guss is a 35-year veteran educator with a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. She served as a classroom teacher for 10 years, including two years as a teacher in a bilingual program in South Central Los Angeles. She has also served as a college professor, mentor teacher for new teachers, and a master teacher for teacher candidates completing their student teaching experience. She continues to be a strong advocate for the teaching profession. 

Dr. Guss has been an administrator here in Monterey County for 25 years serving as an assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, associate superintendent of educational services and as district superintendent. Dr. Guss also served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) for six years prior to becoming County Superintendent. During her tenure she has received numerous awards for her service in education and her service to the community. Recently, Dr. Guss was awarded as the Ruth Vreeland Public Official of the Year.

Dr. Guss serves as a Core Convener for the Bright Futures Cradle to Career Initiative, is a member and current Past Chair of the Monterey County Children’s Council, and is a member of the Hartnell College Bond Oversight Committee. She was also appointed to serve on the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Board beginning in January 2021.

Dr. Guss serves on three non-profit boards: The Bob Hoover Academy, Girl’s Inc. of the Central Coast and the Central Coast YMCA Board of Directors, and is also an active Rotarian.

Dr. Deneen Gus

With a lens on community and equity, Superintendent Dr. Deneen Guss is focused on strengthening community engagement and improving educational outcomes for Monterey County’s youth.

Superintendent's Office Contacts

Brett McFadden

Deputy Superintendent

Cindy Dunn

Confidential Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Junel Ceralde

Senior Executive Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent

Robin Hughes

Superintendent's Coordinator

Nicholas Zafiratos

Program Coordinator, Safe Schools for All