The County Superintendent is elected by the voters of Sonoma County. The Superintendent is a state constitutional officer who acts as a liaison for local school districts and the state. The Superintendent provides leadership, support, and state-designated fiscal and program oversight for the county's 40 school districts and their nearly 65,000 students. This position also serves as the chief executive officer of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE).
Get to know the superintendent
Amie R. Carter, Ed.D., was elected Sonoma County superintendent of schools on Nov. 8, 2022, and took office Jan. 3, 2023. A native of Utah and longtime resident of Petaluma, she joined the Sonoma County Office of Education after two years as assistant superintendent of education services for the Marin County Office of Education. Before that, she served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and education in the Novato Unified School District and principal at Rancho Cotate High School and Thomas Page Academy in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District.
Dr. Carter’s priorities include making sure all Sonoma County’s students have their voices heard in the pursuit of equitable, inclusive educational access and outcomes, expanding and diversifying our teaching workforce, and securing additional funding for our schools.
Dr. Carter, a mother to five daughters who has two grandchildren, began her career teaching high school English and has taught language acquisition courses for English-language learners. She will be the first woman to hold the office of Sonoma County superintendent in 100 years and the first LGBTQ person known to have held the office.
The county superintendent's education initiatives have focused on service to students, service to districts, and service to the community. Current projects are focused on the following educational priorities:
- Continuous improvement support for schools and districts
- California State Standards support for schools and districts
- Financial and economic stability through oversight and support of schools and districts
- College and career readiness for Sonoma County students through support of academically rigorous and relevant career and college preparation
- School success for English Learners
- Social justice and equity
- Service to youth and community
The Educational Agenda ensures the Sonoma County Office of Education focuses its efforts on the key areas listed above in order to best serve schools, students, and community. At the start of each school year, the superintendent sets the agenda. Then, the members of SCOE's leadership team set performance goals for themselves and their departments linked to that agenda.
10,000 Degrees, Sonoma County Advisory Board
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Executive Board
Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County
North Bay Leadership Council
Northern California Career Pathways Partnership
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership
School and College Legal Services of California, JPA Board
Sonoma County Community Corrections Partnership
Sonoma County Education Coalition
Sonoma County Health Action
Sonoma County Innovation Council
Sonoma County Proposition 63 Mental Health Advisory Board
Sonoma County Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board
Sonoma County Upstream Investments, Executive Committee
Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board
United Way of the Wine Country, Board of Directors
Communications & Interagency Support
Staff in the county superintendent's office provide communications, public relations, and interagency support for SCOE. This includes: Print and electronic publications, news releases, social media communications, and the SCOE website. Staff also support communication between SCOE and county, state, and community groups that provide services to schools and students.
Questions may be directed to:
- Amie Carter, Superintendent of Schools
- Karen Schubert, Administrative Operations Specialist
- Lacey Goff, Administrative Operations Specialist
- Eric Wittmershaus, Director of Communications
- Nashelly Chavez, Communications Specialist