Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, 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


Connect with Caryn on Twitter at @pk12innovation

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.

Michelle Ramirez

Michelle Ramirez

Senior Director, Educational Services



Dora Salazar

Dora Salazar

Director, K-12 Language & Literacy


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.

Jennifer Elemen

Jennifer Elemen, Ed.D.

Educational Administrator, Language & Literacy and History-Social Science


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.

Edi Porter

Edi Porter

Educational Administrator, Language & Literacy Specialist, Elementary


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller
  • ELA/ELD Framework
  • TK-6th ELA/ELD Instruction
  • Literacy Development
  • Cycle of Continuous Improvement
  • Guided Language Acquisition Design
  • Step Up to Writing
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Grade Level Collaboration

Collaboration is a core value in the work I have done in education for the last 22 years. I look forward to partnering with Monterey County teachers to enhance elementary schools students' learning and achievement in language and literacy.

Juan Mendoza-Romero

Juan Mendoza-Romero

Administrator, College and Career Readiness



Cathy Cranson

Cathy Cranson

Director, Special Projects


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.

Will Franzell

William Franzell

Educational Administrator, Science/STEAM


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


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

Dr. Reyes has been in education for more than 27 years in many capacities. He has been an elementary school teacher, a reading program coordinator, a university faculty member, a district office professional development coordinator, an instructional coach, a vice principal, and principal.

Dr. Reyes is dedicated to narrowing the achievement gap through innovative curricular solutions, the use of assessment results to drive instruction, and strategic teacher professional development and relationship building. He is very interested in teachers utilizing peer/peer observations, learning walks, and lesson inquiry to improve teacher practice. In 2016 his school improved its state ranking from #3 to #1 compared to look alike schools on the SBAC assessment. His school remains evidence that young scholars in Title 1 schools can perform academically at high levels.

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Lety Gomez-Gong

Manager, Expanded Learning


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


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


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


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 Paranthaman

Program Coordinator I, AmeriCorps


Kathleen Paranthaman 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.

Eliza Gomez

Eliza Gomez

Program Coordinator II, QRIS


“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 un-educate 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.

Megan Matteoni

Megan Matteoni

Program Coordinator I, QRIS


With over 14 years of experience teaching and volunteering within the preschool and elementary school environments, Megan also has experience supporting teachers and directors within QRIS. She has conducted assessments of educational facilities and programs as well as the teachers and directors at each facility to set individualized professional development goals. Megan is a certificated Early Childhood Education teacher with a Master’s in Child Development and has a Program Director permit from CTC. Her philosophy is rooted in constructivism and believes in utilizing children’s interests and abilities to promote a cohesive community within the classroom. Her research interests lie in the social emotional and cognitive importance of play and movement. She has worked with children on the spectrum building on their social emotional skills through play and teaches the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.

Laurie Ramirez

Laurie Ramirez

Program Specialist, Early Childhood Education



Support Staff

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Gwenn Frindt

Executive Assistant


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Susan Castillo

Teacher and Administrator Induction


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Jenny Davila

Financial Secretary


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Maria Ramirez

QRIS & Expanded Learning


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Gail Kuehl

Special Projects


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Maria Camberos

Administrative Assistant II



Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.0383

Gwenn Frindt

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0364

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