August 2020 KIT



  • Child yoga   Students with teacher

    Early childhood education is essential in our community, and we want to recognize the teachers and staff serving our youngest children with safe, in-person care, and engagement to grow and thrive. Two of our sites – Early Steps to Learning and Baby Steps to Learning – have been serving students and families through small-group experiences since the beginning of July.  They did an amazing amount of work to prepare for social distancing, handwashing, cleaning and disinfecting, etc. in a preschool environment.

    Thank you to Cecilia Vang, Maria Waldron,  Juana Zarate, and Xochitl Aguilar at Early Steps to Learning and Mary Miller, Marisol Cortez, and Carmen Garcia at Baby Steps to Learning.  Their work, along with our Child Development Program managers and administrators, has allowed parents to support their families, knowing that their children are safe.  Enjoy this short video on how they’ve modified our environments and practices!


    Thank you to our maintenance team, who has been working hard to install plexiglass shields, disinfect our campuses, move furniture, and more!  

    Group picture of employees
    From top left: Fred Borchers, Jesus Aguilera, Heracio Carrillo, Manuel Aguilar, Phil Dominguez, Michael Taylor, June Salazar, Juan Cervantes, Alejandro De La Cruz, Dwight Staggs, and Allen Stepka. 
    Not pictured: Frank Lemos.


    Internal Services has been ordered and distributing essential supplies like hand sanitizer, gloves, face coverings, and plexiglass.  Since March, SBCEO has purchased 128 plexiglass sneeze guards, 10,660 face shields and masks, 19,000 pairs of gloves, and 322 units of hand sanitizer and dispensers in addition to many other supplies specific to fighting the spread of COVID-19.  You will often see Rachel Hamamoto running around campus, distributing these supplies, and shipping them off to our other campuses.  Thank you to Rachel, Matt Evans, Luis Medina, Michael Taylor, Fred Borchers, and other staff who have supported this mountainous effort.

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    Thank you to Reprographics – Matt Evans, Luis Medina, and Steve Smith. They have designed and printed multiple signs for our campuses to remind us of the crucial habits we need to maintain during this pandemic.


    Zoom meeting

    Over 40 participants dialed in to join in the School Business Officials Meeting with our districts. This was the highest number of participants we have ever had! It was important to disseminate the information quickly to our districts as some critical reductions to education were shared as part of the budget.


    Finally, a shout out to the California Office of Emergency Services (CAL-OES) which provided personal protective equipment for our public schools.  Our auditorium at Cathedral Oaks was filled with materials for our programs and school districts.

    PPE Masks

TYS meeting student needs during pandemic

  • The Transitional Youth Services department is pivoting to help youth experiencing homelessness and those in foster care in this distance-learning environment.  They printed up colorful plastic wallet cards that are distributed through street outreach teams, police officers, and other service providers when they engage with them. They have connected families to receive technology through Computers for Families, delivered feminine hygiene kits to youth in shelters; we provided education supplies for students living doubled up, and we connected a family to housing resources.

    As soon as the stay-at-home order went into place, understanding the unique needs of our county’s homeless and foster youth, Transitional Youth Services (TYS) started taking action to help ensure our homeless and foster youth don’t fall through the cracks. Immediately, TYS began reaching out to districts to learn how TYS could best support them. Housing questionnaires were shared to be included with school enrollment forms to identify students experiencing homelessness. Flyers were shared to offer tips on identifying abuse and neglect during distance learning. Posters were mailed to open businesses to be hung in stores letting youth know they could reach out for resources and support. Outreach cards were printed and distributed to community partners to be given to vulnerable youth. COVID-19 resources were compiled into an online folder and shared with community partners and families. And shelters and group homes were contacted to learn what types of support they were lacking.

    Through these efforts, TYS has helped connect families to CFF for technology support; families and youth have been connected to housing resources; and school and educational supplies and hygiene kits have been distributed to families, shelters, and group homes throughout the county. Booster seats a shelter received “has meant that [they] can make sure that every family has safe transportation should they need to go be tested for COVID or quarantined, and it has also helped immensely for some of the families to have more childcare options.” When arts and crafts supplies were delivered to Transition House, a young girl was almost in tears. She was so excited. Every day she asks what the craft will be for the day. While they are isolating in their private room, she is now able to draw pictures and make earrings for her mom. 

    If you know or learn of a family living doubled up, unsheltered, or in their car, a motel, or some other unstable situation, please connect them with Transitional Youth Services for help accessing available resources. 805-451-5946 or

    Thanks for your work in meeting the needs of students 

Farewell to Susan Pachter

  • We celebrated Susan Pachter’s Retirement via COVID-19 style, with a Zoom Party and later with a surprise drive-thru parade to her home. With help from her daughter Samantha we were able to get Susan seated outside and watch everyone drive by and honk their horns, even her neighbors joined in the applause and celebration. We appreciate all of Susan’s hard work and dedication for the past 43 years!! What an accomplishment!  We will miss her dearly, but know she will be enjoying retirement with her new grandson on the way!!

    Here's a parting message from Susan:

    "To my dear friends and colleagues,

    It has been a privilege to work with each and everyone of you. Words cannot express enough gratitude to all the wonderful people I have been lucky to work with in our office and at the districts. When I began my employment at the County Education Office, I thought I would stay for only two years. Now, 43 years later, I am forever grateful for the opportunities, friendships, and endless support I have been fortunate to receive and in return, happily give back to others. There is nothing more fulfilling than helping a coworker.  Now, it is time for me to move on and be with my family and help our community in ways yet to be discovered. Thanks for all the smiles and camaraderie during a long and rewarding career. I will miss you all. 

    Best wishes and lots of happiness to everyone!"

  • With the California requirement to wear face coverings, it seemed appropriate to have a little fun with this newer accessory.  Vote for your favorites here!

    Masks help everyone around you.


  • Picture of child holding a baby
    Congratulations to Rachel (Financial Services Manager in the Special Education Division) and Nick Wigle who welcomed Hannah Willow Wigle on July 6.  Hannah weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and was 20” long.  She is adored by her 6-year old sister, Sarah Rose Wigle. Sarah loves to read to Hannah and once read to her for 1 hour 40 minutes.  Mommy and baby are doing well and are so thankful to SBCEO colleagues for their well wishes.


    Picture of Rodgigo
    Rodrigo Lopez-Heredia has joined the SBCEO family as the Accounting Assistant working with Child Development in Fiscal Services.  Rodrigo has worked at SBCEO for almost ten years, working with Special Education as an Instructional Assistant, Health Linkages as a Health Advocate and, most recently in Child Development as a Child Development Technician.  Welcome to this new position!

Tidbits & Tips

  • Picture of people in masks
    The Children’s Creative Project is selling beautiful adult and child face coverings with I Madonnari artwork designs.  Learn more here

    Do you know you can access your page quickly with a short, direct link to your page? A friendly URL is a web address that is easy to read and includes words that describe the content of the page. It can be "friendly" in two ways. 1) It can help visitors remember the Web address, and 2) it can help describe the page to search engines.

    Here are a few examples:


    A number of friendly URLs have been set up and a list of these can be found here.  If you would like to set one up, please contact Joan Gilmore at

    Important personnel and payroll information can be accessed through the Employee Online Portal?  It's an easy way to get information at any place, any time, on any device.  Find the login, instructions, and FAQs on the Intranet here.

    Refill your desktop hand sanitizer pumps by contacting Maria Sagrero (North Campus, x2200), Rachel Hamamoto (South Campus, x5291), and Dyan Bomer (Hope Center, x4409).  Thank you!

    We wanted to clarify the name of the College and Career Readiness department as there has been some confusion across the organization. The department name is College and Career Readiness, but the acronym will be CTE (not CCR).

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