About this Free Event
Our free virtual event, “School reopenings in Santa Cruz County: The experts answer your questions,” is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30. We’ll take questions on Zoom chat during the event, to be hosted by Lookout Education Correspondent Nick Ibarra. Both Sabbah and Buesing have been on the frontlines working alongside the county’s 10 school districts coordinating reopening plans. Here’s more about them and their work:
Faris Sabbah grew up in Iraq and Ecuador before coming to the United States to study at UC Santa Cruz where he received his Bachelors in Psychology. He received his Masters in Education from San Jose State University and his Doctorate in Educational Equity from UC Berkeley. He has worked in education for almost 30 years as an instructional aide, teacher, university professor, and as a school, district and county office administrator. He was elected Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools in June 2018.
Jennifer Buesing spent 24 years working for the Santa Cruz County Probation Department before becoming the County Office of Education’s director of school safety in December 2019. At that time, the thinking was that her priority would be making sure that schools were prepared for responding to safety threats. When COVID-19 hit, Buesing became the COE’s liaison to the county public health department and its point person on virus response, from delivering food to families to monitoring students’ mental health. A Santa Cruz native, she attended Santa Cruz High School and UC Santa Cruz.