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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools


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Dr. Deneen Guss

Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Deneen Guss was sworn in as the Monterey County Superintendent of Schools on January 7, 2019 as is now serving her first term of office. Deneen continually supports Monterey County’s 24 local school districts and the 78,000 students they serve.

Prior to January 7, Deneen had served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of all divisions and services throughout the organization. She provided daily oversight and coordination of the operations of all MCOE units and works collectively with all division heads and directors to ensure effective implementation of programs, utilization of resources, and the successful implementation of the MCOE strategic plan. 

Dr. Guss is a 30-year educator with a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. She was a classroom teacher for 10 years, including two years as a teacher in a bilingual program in South Central Los Angeles. She also served as a college professor for San Jose State University. Deneen was a 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 for 20 years serving as an assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, associate superintendent of educational services and as district superintendent of the Soledad Unified School District from 2010-2013 and deputy superintendent for the county office since March of 2013. 

Dr. Guss has received a variety of awards and recognitions including:

  • 2016 Lemoore High School Education Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2014 Child Abuse Prevention Council Community Education Award
  • 2011 American Association of School Administration Women in School Leadership Award
  • 2011 Office of the Secretary of Defense Patriotic Employer
  • 2010 Who’s Who Registry Among Executive and Professional Women
  • 2010 Soledad-Mission Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year
  • 2009 Monterey County Curriculum Council Chairperson
  • 2009 Soledad Rotary Club President
  • 2008 Soledad Unified School District Administrator of the Year
  • 2006 Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Education
  • 2002 Soledad Unified School District Administrator of the Year

Dr. Guss completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills, her Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision from California State University, San Jose, and her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

With a lens of community and equity, Dr. Guss is focused on strengthening community engagement and improving educational outcomes for Monterey County’s youth. Deneen serves as a Steering Partner for the Bright Futures Cradle to Career Initiative sponsored by California State University Monterey Bay; represents MCOE with Impact Monterey County, a collaborative focused on improving the quality of life for Monterey County residents and serves on the Hartnell College Bond Oversight Committee. She also serves on three non-profit boards:  YMCA Central Coast Association, The Bob Hoover Academy (Every Kid Can Fly), and Girl’s Inc. of the Central Coast. Deneen is an active Rotarian.

Dr. Guss is married to Mr. Jim Guss. Together they have three children. 


Dr. Deneen Guss

County Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.0301

Carla Stewart

Assistant to the County Superintendent
Phone: 831.784.4244

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