Dr. Stephanie Gregson

Deputy Executive Director
Areas of Focus:
Direct Technical Assistance
Facilitated Instructional Review
Dr. Stephanie Gregson serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). In this role, Dr. Gregson works closely with Executive Director Matt Navo, overseeing the Direct Technical Assistance efforts focusing on school turnaround centering on improving teaching and learning within districts and schools aimed at equitable access, opportunity, and outcomes for students. Stephanie has more than 24 years of experience in public education and started her career as an elementary school teacher in the Sacramento City Unified School District. As a teacher, principal, and district leader in curriculum and instruction, she anchored her decision making upon the belief that every student deserves the opportunity to thrive in an ideal learning environment.

A lifelong learner, Dr. Gregson earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Sacramento. In 2016 Stephanie earned a doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, helping to expand her understanding of the research and scholarship of educational theory to apply that knowledge as a practitioner in a school and district.

Prior to joining CCEE, Dr. Gregson was appointed Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the California Department of Education (CDE) from March 2020 – September 2021. She was responsible for the overall operations and administration of eight branches where she served as lead learner, convener, and facilitator, ensuring all students in California are well supported and well prepared for the future. She also was the lead writer for the Stronger Together guidance helping schools work to be inclusive and collaborative designing programs that center on caring for and educating each student. Prior to being appointed Chief Deputy Superintendent, Stephanie held multiple key roles at CDE, including serving as the Deputy Superintendent of the Instruction and Measurement Branch and Director of the Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Resources Division. She was responsible for the development of state standards, curriculum frameworks, managing statewide assessments, school and district supports, and the collection and reporting of educational data. Her past positions have enabled her to amplify the importance of the interdependency of high-quality curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the mental health and well being of students.