RJ Guess


Email: rjguess@johnmuircs.com
Phone: (530) 272-2643 Ext. 208
Mobile: (916) 366-7319

Teaching & Administrative Experience

I have taught middle school, high school and for John Muir Charter School since 1998. In 2003 I became the Deputy Director of John Muir Charter School, and in 2011 the Executive Director. In 2014 I became the C.E.O. for all John Muir Charter School operations in California, now more than 55 school sites. I completed my bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials at Humboldt State University. I completed my administrative credentials at Loyola Marymount University.

As an educator, my goal is to provide a high quality academic and vocational program to all students who desire it- that education is a right, not a freedom. My job is to help students stand up for their rights. I believe in a decentralized, student centered school structure with curriculum and fiscal decisions made at the classroom level. The best moderators of student needs are students, teachers and the communities they live in.

I see John Muir Charter School as not only a student development and academic growth program; but also a program of workforce development and community development and sustainability. John Muir Charter School and Western Sierra YouthBuild strive to empower young men and women to not only improve themselves through educational and vocational training, but also to empower their families, friends and communities through service to their community.

Interests and Hobbies

  • Hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountaineering.
  • Working on our land, landscaping, gardening.
  • Spending time with my wife and family
  • Reading
  • Taking part in community events and volunteering through community service.
  • Walking, playing with, and generally spoiling Clara and Little Bear, our two wonderful mutts, best friends and household guardians.

Community Involvement

In Nevada County we enjoy partnering with the following agencies in our community and in California The Nevada County Office of Education, Nevada Joint Union High School District, Habitat for Humanity, FREED, OneStop/Calworks, Community Support Network of Nevada County, Partners in English Language Learning, Behavioral Health, F.I.E.L.D., faith based organizations, churches and other nonprofits across the county, the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition, police and sheriff departments and many, many others in Nevada County.

Outside Nevada County we are proud to partner with the California Conservation Corps, Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, San Francisco Conservation Corps, Conservation Corps North Bay, Urban Conservation of the Inland Empire, Americorps NCCC, Yuba County YouthBuild, Chico YouthBuild, Pasadena YouthBuild, Venice YouthBuild, San Fernando Valley YouthBuild, Cloud and Fire YouthBuild Pacoima, the ReSet Foundation, Rancho Cielo Youth Ranch Salinas, CAP Sonoma, the Farm Workers Institute for Education and Leadership Development (FIELD), INSPIRE Work Force Partners, Orange County Youth Center, the Cuesta College Youth Employment Program, Stop the Violence Inglewood, Communities In Schools (CIS), City of Hope Workforce Partnership, Challenging Minds Workforce Partnership, Operation New Hope Workforce Partnership, LASR Workforce Partnership, EBI Transition and Workforce Development, and the Riverside Heritage Employment Partnership.