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: Raising fentanyl awareness can save lives

In an effort to raise awareness and prevent fentanyl deaths, on May 10 communities across the country came together for National Fentanyl Awareness Day. Last year, overall drug overdose deaths among all ages increased to more than 100,000. An important goal of the campaign is to ensure communities know about fentanyl and the dangers of illegally made counterfeit...

Dewan: School COVID-19 vaccine mandate timeline delayed

With the current school year nearly over, many parents and community members have been asking about the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate announced last year for school children. The state of California had previously announced plans to require the COVID-19 vaccine for children to attend school sometime after the FDA fully approves the vaccine....

Dewan: Santa Clara County schools confront climate change

Growing evidence points to the need for an urgent response as the changing climate is having an observable impact on communities, students, educators and schools. Providing access to safe, healthy, sustainable and resilient learning environments is a focus of policy makers and school leaders. In 2020, the United States experienced a record-breaking 22 natural disasters...

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