Mary Ann Dewan

County Superintendent of Schools


Education Columnist

Columns contributed third Monday of every month

Mary Ann Dewan, Ph.D. the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, has served in education for over 33 years.

Her distinguished work in education is grounded in her commitment to serve the community and a mission that is anchored in diversity, inclusion, equity and partnership. She is a strong advocate for the expansion of early learning care and education, inclusive education, youth health and wellness, civic engagement and digital equity. Dr. Dewan believes in providing each and every child opportunities that promote high quality, equitable and inclusive experiences.

​Dr. Dewan has served in a variety of leadership roles, which have led to several local and state recognitions, including the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Commendation in 2019, the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) Outstanding Instructional Leader Award, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President’s Medal for Exemplary Service During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and the 2021 Region 8 ACSA Superintendent of the Year Award. Dr. Dewan earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana State University.


Dewan: Are universal school meals coming to California schools?

One in every 6 children face hunger in the U.S, according to Feeding Far too many children and youth experience food insecurity in Santa Clara County. Hunger negatively impacts the physical, behavioral and academic development of children. All children deserve access to healthy food every day and offering students meals at no cost to...

Dewan: Why we need wellness centers for schools

The last 18 plus months have been challenging for students, families and all school personnel due to pandemic-related circumstances. There was a crisis of youth mental health looming and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people having thoughts of suicide and experiencing depression has...

Dewan: Back to school and COVID-19

As a lifelong learner and long-time educator, I always look forward to beginning a new school year. The energy and excitement of new beginnings often accompany the start of the school year. With the 2021-22 school year now or soon to be underway for Santa Clara County’s 250,000 young people, there is a sense of...