MCOE Superintendent

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools


Superintendent Dr. Deneen Guss

Dr. Deneen Guss
Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

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

Dr. Guss is a 33-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 23 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.

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 was also just appointed to serve on the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Board beginning in January 2021.  Deneen serves on two non-profit boards: The Bob Hoover Academy and Girl’s Inc. of the Central Coast, and is also an active Rotarian.

With a lens on community and equity, Dr. Guss is focused on strengthening community engagement and improving educational outcomes for Monterey County’s youth.


Dr. Deneen Guss

County Superintendent
Phone: 831.784.4244

Cindy Dunn

Assistant to the County Superintendent
Phone: 831.784.4244

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