Dr. Estella Castillo-Garrison
Dean of Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships
As Dean of Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Dr. Estella Castillo-Garrison is responsible for bringing non-credit and not-for-credit high-quality learning opportunities to people of all ages throughout the South Orange County community. She has more than eleven years of program development and management experience at the community college level. As Director of Community Education at Saddleback, she provides leadership and direction in developing and promoting community education programs and services. In addition, she recently directed the launch of Saddleback’s new Adult Education Department, transitioning Adult Education English as a Second Language, Citizenship, Career Technical Education, High School Equivalency and other adult-directed programs from the College’s partner K-12 districts.
Dr. Castillo-Garrison's professional background includes work within the K-12 system, as well as community and four-year colleges and universities. She has taught courses in Participatory Action Research and Communication/Information and Scholarly Writing in the Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy Doctoral Program at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She has also taught undergraduate courses in Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Castillo-Garrison has extensive experience working with diverse populations as she served active duty military personnel and their family members on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.
Saddleback College President's Innovation and Leadership Award, 2010
Saddleback College President's Innovation and Leadership Award, 2015