Dr. Estella Castillo-Garrison
Dean of Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships
Co-Chair, South Orange County Regional Consortium for Adult Education
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 twelve 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. Along with providing enrichment and learning opportunities for children and adults, she directs a summertime College For Kids program on the Saddleback College campus, and has forged a unique partnership with a local K-12 feeder district to deliver before- and after-school programs to elementary and middle school students. In 2014-2015, she launched the Saddleback Adult Education Department, and since then has directed the transition of Adult Education English as a Second Language, Citizenship, High School Equivalency, Adults With Disabilities and other adult-focused programs from the College’s partner K-12 districts. In addition, she has served as co-chair of the 10-member South Orange County Regional Consortium to allocate Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) funding.
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 served as chair of the Association of California Community Colleges Administrators (ACCCA) Mentor Program, providing personal and professional development experience to employees who demonstrate potential for expanded leadership roles in their current, or future, responsibilities within the California community college system. 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