Sonoma County Office of Education

John Laughlin Appointed Deputy Superintendent at Sonoma County Office of Education

04/12/2023 -

John LaughlinSonoma County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Amie Carter recently appointed John Laughlin to serve as a deputy superintendent at the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE).

Laughlin, who is in his 12th year as a member of the leadership team at SCOE, most recently served as associate superintendent overseeing human resources and the North Coast School of Education. He was sworn in as deputy superintendent on Thursday, April 6. His duties will be expanded as part of an agency-wide realignment for the 2023-24 school year.

“John is known throughout Sonoma County’s educational community as someone who leads with empathy and care and always puts children first,” Carter said. “His integrity and reputation as an ethical leader will put us in a strong position as we adapt SCOE to meet the complex challenges our schools face.”

Laughlin’s previous roles at SCOE include work as a principal and assistant superintendent. Before that, Laughlin worked for 13 years for the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District as a school psychologist, program specialist, coordinator, and director of special education. He began his career working six years as a school psychologist for the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and youngest daughter, who is a 9th grader in Santa Rosa City Schools. His older daughter is a junior at Chico State University with the goal of becoming an occupational therapist.

In September, Laughlin was recognized by the California County Superintendents for excellence in personnel administration.

“I am excited to continue to be a member of the team at SCOE and serve in an expanded role.” Laughlin said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our community and its students for the last 25 years. Our schools have many wonderful people working hard every day to improve the lives of children, and it is an honor to be able to support them.”