Meet Our Team

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Meet Our Team

Welcome to the Educational Services Department! Contact Information and a brief bio for each of our team members can be found by clicking on their name. Also, watch the video below to learn a little bit more about what we do.  

Administrative Team

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Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent

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Michelle Ramirez

Senior Director

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Cathy Cranson

Special Projects, Teacher Induction, & ACEIT

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Esther Rubio

School Climate

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Alicia Gregory


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Irma C. Lopez

Program Development & Retention, AmeriCorps

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Dora Salazar

Language & Literacy

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Edi Porter

Language & Literacy, Elementary

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Jennifer Elemen, Ed.D.

Language & Literacy, History, Social Science, Civics, Census 2020

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Denise Green


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Rod Garcia

Computer Science & Digital Learning

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David Dobrowski

Data, Research, & Partnerships

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Mara Wold, M.P.A.

Expanded Learning

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Lety Gomez-Gong

Expanded Learning

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Roberto Núñez, Ed.D.

Leadership Development

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Juan Mendoza-Romero, Ed.D.

College & Career Readiness, Tabacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

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Laurie Ramirez

Early Learning

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Gelacio Gonzalez

Early Learning, Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)

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Eliza Gomez

Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)

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Megan Matteoni

Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)

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Monica Cano

Development & Compliance

Support Staff

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Michelle Rios

Executive Assistant


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Gail Kuehl

Special Projects


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Norma Esparza

Teacher & Administrator Induction


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Maria Ramirez

QRIS & Expanded Learning


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Adriana Chavarin

Language & Literacy


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Alicia Diaz-Infante

Student Data Analyst


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Melina Beltran

Financial Secretary



Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.0383

Michelle Rios

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0364

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