SAN JOSE, CA – Edith Mourtos has been selected as the Assistant Superintendent of Professional Learning and Instructional Support Division for the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). She will start on Monday, December 3. Mourtos brings more than 35 years of experience in education, serving as teacher, principal, reading language arts coordinator, director, and Chief Academic Officer.
She will oversee the Professional Learning and Instructional Support Division which provides leadership and support to school districts through professional development, implementation of curriculum and instructional practices as well as the SCCOE EPIC and LEAP educator certification programs.
"I am confident that Ms. Mourtos' wide range of experience will increase and expand our professional learning services for school districts in our region," said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan. "Her leadership and the work of her team is a critical piece of supporting our schools in their efforts to raise student achievement through the best practices in teaching and learning."
Mourtos most recently served as Principal of Cumberland School in the Sunnyvale School District since August 2012 and provided exceptional leadership at the school. Under her direction, Cumberland received the 2016 Glenn W. Hoffmann Exemplary Program Award, the 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, and the 2017 Sunnyvale Community Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement and the California Distinguished School Award in 2018.
Prior to her position as Cumberland Principal, Mourtos served as the Chief Academic Officer for SCCOE as well as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Reading Language Arts Coordinator.
"Throughout my career, I have been committed to providing students and our schools with the necessary educational opportunities to learn and grow," said Mourtos. "This commitment is evident in my work with Cumberland School, my previous positions with county offices of education, and my work with universities and colleges to better prepare educators."
Mourtos has also provided professional development and teacher education courses for the Alameda County Office of Education/University of California Office of the President and San Jose State University. Prior to her move into administration, Edith served as a classroom teacher for 16 years in the Greater Bay Area. She holds a Master of Arts in Staff Development from Mills College and a Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies from San Jose State University.
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About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.