Leadership Team

The County Office of Education is divided into three primary divisions: Business and Administrative Services, Educational Services, and Human Resources. 

Becky Jeffries


As assistant superintendent of schools, Becky Jeffries is responsible for monitoring the fiscal stability of local school districts. She reviews and approves school districts’ budgets. She also works closely with the Educational Services Division in reviewing and approving districts’ Local Control and Accountability Plans. At MCOE, Becky oversees Internal and External Business Services, Communications, Information Technology, Facilities, and Maintenance & Operations. 

Becky holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. In 2007, she left the private sector to begin working for Lake County Office of Education. In 2011, Becky earned her Chief Business Official certification through the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education and began working as a district Chief Business Official before joining MCOE in her current role. 

Although she is not in the classroom, Becky helps ensure Mendocino County children get a great education. She helps provide them with access to technology, safe and secure facilities, and funds for programs and services that will help them excel and grow. Becky loves being a part of the MCOE family and says, “The staff at MCOE truly cares about making a difference for the kids in this county. It makes MCOE a wonderful place to work each day!”

Paul Joens-Poulton


As the associate superintendent of schools, Paul Joens-Poulton is responsible for assisting Mendocino County school districts in meeting the educational standards set by the state. He oversees the departments and programs that support and guide a wide array of services including curriculum and instruction, school climate, afterschool programs, preschool, alternative education, and special education, to name a few.

He received his teaching credential from Humboldt State University and accepted his first full-time teaching assignment in Laytonville, where he taught the middle grades for 19 years. He then became the elementary school principal and served as the district’s special education director. In 2010, he transitioned to the Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE) to pursue his desire to support and improve classroom instruction countywide.

Once at MCOE, he completed his M.A. in Educational Leadership at Sonoma State Universtiy. He says, “I am privileged to work with a team of highly skilled and dedicated individuals who are equally committed to MCOE’s vision of Educational Success for all Students.”

Ryan Mahan


As chief human resources officer, Ryan Mahan is responsible for the strategic and operational decisions pertaining to compensation, professional development, and recruitment and retention in alignment with MCOE’s goals and objectives. He is also responsible for integrating HR policies throughout the organization and working with the leadership team to coordinate succession planning and develop a positive work environment.

Ryan has been working in Human Resources for approximately 12 years in both the private and public sectors. He received a master’s degree in human resources management from Florida International University. Ryan is passionate about public education.