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 on January 7, 2019 and 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.

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. During her teaching tenure, 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. She also served as a college adjunct professor for San Jose State University. 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 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 Core Convener 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 two non-profit boards: 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 Strobridge Stewart

Assistant to the County Superintendent
Phone: 831.784.4244

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