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County Superintendent

Dr. Deneen Gus

Dr. Deneen Guss

County Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Deneen Guss was sworn in as the Monterey County Superintendent of Schools in January 2019 for her first term and began her second term of office in January 2023. Deneen continually supports Monterey County’s 24 local school districts, eight charter schools, and the over 68,000 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. Deneen also served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Monterey County Office of Education for 6 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, including the 2021 Ruth Vreeland Memorial Public Official of the Year award.

Deneen 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 also serves on the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Board  and the CCSESA Finance Committee.  Deneen serves on four non-profit boards: Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Bob Hoover Academy, Girl’s Inc. of the Central Coast, and the Central Coast YMCA. She is also an active Rotarian.

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

Teri Pimentel

Communications & Public Relations Coordinator

Sarah Barnhart

Communications Specialist