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

Director, Special Projects

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Esther Rubio

Program Coordinator II

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Alicia Gregory


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Irma C. Lopez


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Dora Salazar

Director, Language & Literacy

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Edi Porter

Language & Literacy

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Jennifer Elemen, Ed.D.

Language & Literacy and History-Social Science

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Jason Pittman

Director, STEAM

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Denise Green


Rod Garcia
Rod Garcia

Computer Science

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David Dobrowski

Director of Data, Research, and Partnerships

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Mara Wold, M.P.A.

Regional Lead, Expanded Learning

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Lety Gomez-Gong

Manager, Expanded Learning

Roberto Nunez
Roberto Núñez, Ed.D.

Director of Leadership Development

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Juan Mendoza-Romero, Ed.D.

College & Career Readiness and TUPE

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Laurie Ramirez

Early Childhood Education

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Gelacio Gonzalez

Early Learning

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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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Melina Beltran

Financial Secretary



Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.0383

Michelle Rios

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0364

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