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Longtime Local Educator Nicole Glentzer Announces Candidacy for Superintendent of Schools


The following is a press release issued by the campaign of Nicole Glentzer:

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Nicole Glentzer [Picture from the Elect Nicole Glentzer Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools 2022 Facebook page]

Today, longtime Redwood Valley resident and Assistant Superintendent of Ukiah Unified School District Nicole Glentzer, announced her candidacy for county Superintendent of Schools via social media and a new website

“The job of Mendocino County Office of Education is to provide resources, training, and fiscal oversight for our schools to make sure the children in our community thrive,” said Glentzer. “When teachers, parents, and administrators from across the county began approaching me to run for this position, it became clear that we needed change in the office, and that I could make a difference. The Superintendent of Schools should provide better support to our schools. The 13,000 children in our schools deserve dedication, experience, and common sense.”

One of those administrators was Becky Walker, Superintendent of Fort Bragg Unified School District and one of Glentzer’s first high-profile endorsers. “The public education system in Mendocino County needs someone who will guide our diverse geographic and demographic population with informed, inclusive decisions.” says Walker. “We deserve someone who brings us all to the table, but also has the strength and conviction to make the difficult decisions that are in the best interest of all the students in our County.”

Glentzer’s 26 years as an education professional began as a bilingual paraprofessional in 1996. Continuing as a teacher, a coach, and administrator, at every step of the way Nicole’s success has been met with promotion. In 2011 Nicole was hired to lead Potter Valley Community Unified School District, one of Mendocino County’s 12 school districts as a School Principal and Superintendent of Schools.

“Too often we think of the ‘smallness’ of our schools and districts as a disadvantage, but I see it as an opportunity,” says Glentzer. “Our size means that we can be nimble and adaptable. With the right leadership, our schools can rise to any challenge and go above and beyond meeting student needs.”

To that end, Nicole has served as Assistant Superintendent of Ukiah Unified School District since 2014. Working on everything from staff diversity to emergency food relief for students and families, Nicole has helped steer the district through fires, floods, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Glentzer was awarded the 2021 Ray Curry award from the Association of California School Administrators (ASCA). Deb Kubin, Ukiah Superintendent of Schools described Glentzer glowingly. “Ms. Glentzer is a remarkable leader and human being! She inspires us daily with her ability to confront difficult situations with a kind heart but a clear focus on what is best for students.”

The Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools is elected to act as a liaison between local school districts and the state, and as the Chief Executive Officer of Mendocino County Office of Education. Elections for the office will be held June 7th, 2022.

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  1. where does Ms.Glentzer stand on the constitution, will she uphold her oath?
    where does she stand on the “stab mandate”?
    what is her position on CRT?

    • Lacey – i simply asked honest questions. do ya have anything constructive to say?
      what specifically triggers you into a derangement syndrome?

      • You’re just regurgitating what you’ve been told and you lack basic comprehension skills. You think you’re questions are so cutthroat and really… they’re just eye-roll inducing.

    • My questions to Ms Glentzer are not regurgitated, they are my own and most sincere.
      If elected she will have a great deal of control over the future generation of this county. The same folks who might just be “rolling their eyes” when pushing you around in a wheel chair or the first responder to your emergency. Good luck with all that.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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