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Curriculum and Instruction

2024 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year Greg Wolf
2023 Santa Barbara County Elementary Spelling Bee Winners
2022 A Salute to Teachers
2023 Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC) Year 2 graduating cohort
2023 Battle of the Books
2023 Mock Trial
2023 Bill Cirone Heart of Education Awardee Eduardo Gonzales-Ramos honored at Education Celebration by former County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone

The Curriculum and Instruction division oversees a wide range of programs and services that support professional learning, leadership and continuous improvement of instructional practice in our local districts and schools.

  • We provide two-way connection and advocacy between the CDE/State Board and our districts; between researchers and practitioners; and between the community and innovative educators.
  • We process information, policy, research, and resources into usable knowledge and tools for teachers and administrators. 
  • We support educators’ career pathways through professional learning, credential programs, networking, grants, and recognition.
  • We help our districts build and implement equitable, excellent instructional programs for all students in their local contexts. 
  • We sponsor and host county-wide academic events and competitions.

This division's programs include:



Ellen Barger
Associate Superintendent
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5066

Patricia Noronha
Administrative Support Supervisor
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5289

Lauren Aranguren
Director, Equitable Learning Systems
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5435

Carla Benchoff
Director, Instructional Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5373

Shawn Carey
Director, School and District Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5229

Tiffany Carson
Director, School and District Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5205

Rachel Fauver
Director, School and District Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5214

Noelle D. Barthel
​Director, School & District Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5065

Melissa Garcia
Coordinator, Language Education Services
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5219

Steve Keithley
Director, Teacher Programs and Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5281

John Merritt
Director, Teacher Induction Program
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5248

Cristina Ortega
Director, Early Learning Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5471

Carlos Pagán, Ed.D.
Director, Literacy & Language Support
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5436

Anne Roundy-Harter, Ed.D.
Director, Leadership Support Services
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5407

Cate Tolnai
Director, Digital Learning
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5322

Marith Utterback
Coordinator, Teacher Induction Program
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5426

Elsy Villafranca
Director, Leadership Support Services
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5247