C100 Classes

Counseling 100 is primarily a class offered at our 11 area high schools.  Counseling 100 is taught by Saddleback College Counselors.  Counseling 100 is a 14 week course.  Counseling 100 counselors work with high school seniors to support them as they begin their transition to college. *C100 is also offered online.



UNITS: 1.5


This class is designed for high school seniors transitioning into higher education. The C100 class teaches strategies for creating academic and personal success. This course provides an overview of higher education and college life. This class is intended to prepare students for subsequent Counseling courses related to academic, career, and personal success.

Students successfully completing Counseling 100 will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various student services available on campus as well as locate various departments.
  •  Analyze their placement test results based upon completion of Matriculation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to utilize MySite, College email, Blackboard and College website.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of educational terminology, policies and requirements.
  •  Analyze realistic decision making strategies for academic and personal goals.
  • Differentiate between the various educational options available.
  • Analyze and evaluate subsequent Counseling courses which align with their academic and personal goals.
  • This class is a gateway to the Saddleback College Promise for high school seniors.  https://www.saddleback.edu/promise/Saddleback-College-Promise-Program




Carolina Bonitatis

M.S. College Counseling and Students Services CSUN
B.A Psychology | Minor - Education UCLA

Carolina joined the Saddleback College counseling team in 2018. She is originally from Bogota, Colombia where the concept of college counseling is not a thing, so she was fascinated by the idea of helping students in their academic, career, and personal journey. Carolina enjoys assisting students in both English/Spanish connecting with them to help them reach their academic goals. Carolina has worked at College of the Canyons as well - in the international students’ office and the career center. In her free time, Carolina enjoys working out, being outdoors, reading, or simply watching TV.

Ladi Boustani

Psy.D -Alliant International University -Marital and Family Therapy
M.A - Alliant International University - Marital and Family Therapy
B.A., UCLA - Psychology

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with an expertise in Marital and Family Therapy. My academic and professional background entails a combination of clinical and teaching experiences. I have completed both my pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internship within the 4 years working at Saddleback College Student Health Center. I lent a tremendous amount of experience providing therapy, helping relationships and identifying resources for multi-cultural/multi-national students. In addition, I have invested a great deal of time cultivating relationships with other service professionals on campus, such as individuals from the Career and Re-entry Center, the Counseling Services Department, DSPS, and Veterans Center in order to identify on and off-campus resources for my diverse students.

Deborah W. Chau

M.S., CSU Dominguez - Counseling
B.A., UCLA - Political Science

Deborah Chau has had the pleasure of working at Saddleback College since 2018. Prior to working at Saddleback College, she worked in the UCLA Undergraduate Admission office for 10 years, where she oversaw their transfer application review process. In 2018, after completing her Masters of Science in Counseling from CSU Dominguez Hills, she was able to change careers and work as a counselor and professor, here at Saddleback College. She has also had the opportunity to work at Chaffey College, in their general counseling department, and Orange Coast College, in their transfer center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, crafting, traveling, and trying new restaurants. 

Alejandra G. Hurtado

M.S., California State University, Long Beach- Counseling 
B.S., Psychology- California State University, Fullerton
A.A., Psychology - Santiago Canyon College 

Alejandra joined the Saddleback College counseling team in 2016 with fourteen years of experience working with community college students from diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about student success both in and out of the classroom.  She is a student-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused counselor who seeks to promote and assist community college students through their higher educational journey by helping to remove barriers. She is bi-cultural and bi-lingual (English/Spanish). She has extensive financial aid knowledge and expertise. She enjoys teaching and working with students on their academic, career and personal development goals.  Alejandra teaches Counseling 100, 1, & 150

Christine Lopez Ediss

M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills – Educational Counseling
B.A., California State University, Long Beach – Sociology

Christine Lopez Ediss has been a Counselor and Professor at Saddleback College since 2015.  She currently provides academic, personal, and career counseling while serving students in General Counseling. She is bi-cultural and is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.  Mrs. Lopez Ediss also works at the following high schools providing counseling services; Serra High School, Silverado High School, and Virtual Academy High School.  Professor Lopez Ediss also teaches Counseling 1, Counseling 100, and Counseling 160.  Mrs. Lopez Ediss is truly passionate in providing support to students that will help them succeed and reach their academic and career goals.

Kelli Lyons

M.A. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo – Educational Counseling
B.A., CSU Monterey Bay – Social & Behavioral Sciences
A.A., Cuesta College – General Studies

Kelli joined the Saddleback College counseling team in September 2019 as an Adjunct Counselor and COUN 100 Instructor. Previous to her current role at Saddleback College, Kelli spent several years serving students at Cuesta College, Allan Hancock College and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Most of Kelli’s counseling experience stems from counseling student-athletes as well as providing major and career guidance. As a former student-athlete herself at both the community college level as well as at the four-year level, Kelli is thrilled to bring her love for community college to Saddleback. Kelli also enjoys running on the beach, taking yoga and barre classes, and watching her daughter play sports!

Elisa Manese

M.S., National University – Educational Counseling
B.S., San Diego State University – Kinesiology
A.A., Grossmont College – General Studies

Elisa Manese joined the Saddleback College family as a part-time counselor starting Fall 2019.  She is a member of the Counseling 100 instructor/counseling team and enjoys bridging high school students over to begin a smooth transition into the community college.  She also carries part-time hours in the counseling office.  Starting in 1998, Elisa has served in the high school setting as a school counselor, a high school assistant principal, and a school district-level administrator.  At the community college level, she first began her experience at Santa Ana College in 2006, where she immediately gained a passion for assisting students in this capacity.  She is very excited to be back serving students in the community college setting, especially given that she began her college journey as a community college student!  During her spare time, Elisa enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters.

Carol May

MA, Chapman University - Counseling
BA, Chapman University - Liberal Studies

Ms May started her career in higher education as a Counselor at Saddleback College in 1999.  Since then she has worked as an Academic Counselor at Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton and UCR.  She also served as Director of Academic Advising at Chapman University.  After a brief hiatus to open a Pilates and Fitness Studio, she returned to Saddleback College in 2016 as a part time Counselor and Instructor.  Carol loves helping students find their passion and path in life, and truly enjoys teaching COUN classes.  On her days off you will find her planning her next travel adventure, practicing Pilates, or at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Jesús E. Montoya

M.Ed., University of Southern California - School Counseling
B.A., University of California, Irvine - Social Science

Jesús provides counseling services at Capistrano Adult School and Silverado HS Adult Education to adult ESL students transitioning to Saddleback College for academic degree programs.  He taught Applied Psychology 189 in 2014 and returned to Saddleback College assisting with workshops that include ESL Advisement, No-F’s Probation, and Group Advisement.  Since early 2018, Jesús has collaborated with Adult School faculty to provide High School Equivalency graduates with selection and planning for completing CTE programs.  Additionally, Jesús has taught Counseling 100 to high school seniors and providing assistance with MAP to first-generation college students planning to transfer to selected universities.  Jesús is bilingual and bicultural (Spanish/English).  He enjoys providing career, personal and academic counseling in both languages to students graduating high school and adults seeking a new educational pathway.

Marisa Perez-Amorde

M.S., California State University, Fullerton – Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis
B.A., Loyola Marymount University – Psychology and Spanish

Marisa currently serves as an Adjunct Counselor and Counseling 100 Instructor at Saddleback College where she works with students concurrently enrolled in college and high school, those working towards an associate’s degree and those planning to transfer to a university. She also serves students at Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education, in the areas of English as a Second Language, High School Diploma or GED, and career technical certificates. Prior to her service within community colleges, she worked at Cal State Fullerton for 8 years, most recently as a career counselor.

Brooke Sauter

M.S., University of La Verne – Educational Counseling
B.A., California State University Fullerton – Liberal Studies
A.A., Saddleback College – Liberal Arts & Sciences

Brooke has been an adjunct counselor working within Generalist Counseling and Veterans Counseling since 2017 at Saddleback College. Prior to this Brooke worked within multiple departments in Student Services at Saddleback College for 15 years. Whether Brooke is counseling students, facilitating workshops, or teaching a class; her approach with students is that of respect and compassions to create a partnership with students that encourages a proactive approach toward each individuals educational, personal, and career goals. Additionally, Brooke currently serves at the Veterans Student Council Advisor, teaches Counseling 100, and provides Saddleback College counseling services at our local high schools.

Cassandra Terrazas

M.A., University of La Verne- Educational Counseling
B.A., Concordia University Irvine- Behavioral Science
A.A., Santa Ana College- Liberal Arts

 Professor Terrazas provides academic, personal, and career counseling to students pursuing goals towards certificates, degrees, and transfer. Her passion for counseling stems from being a first generation college student and having amazing counselors who guided her along this educational journey. Now she strives to be that supportive mentor for the students she works with. She specializes in working with our local feeder high school teaching Counseling 100 courses and preparing incoming freshman for college success. In her free time, Cassandra enjoys doing DIY projects, watching comedy movies, and trying foods from different countries.

Taylor Tirona

MSW, Portland State University - Social Work
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles - International Development Studies
IGETC Certification, MiraCosta College

Taylor Tirona has worked in California Community Colleges for over 9 years. As a former community college student, he has first-hand knowledge of the student experience, processes, and support services. Taylor takes a holistic approach when working with students and understands that college success can be directly impacted by the successful integration of the personal, academic, and professional aspects of our lives. In addition to his counseling work, Taylor has experience developing programs to support students experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and food insecurity.

Deb Watt

M.A. Counseling Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy Argosy University
State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook- Secondary Science Teacher Credential
SUNY Oswego-B.A. Art
SUNY Oswego-B.A. Zoology
Nassau Community College, New York- A.A. Liberal Arts

Deb Watt has been a part-time counselor and Professor at Saddleback College since 2010. Deb teaches Counseling 160, 140 and 100. For the past 6 years, she has taught COUN 100 through the High School Partnership Program and counsels and teaches for the popular Promise Program at El Toro High School.  Deb also has been involved in Veteran’s, Athletic and Career Counseling at Saddleback College. She is also a Marriage and Family Therapist and provides psychotherapy to teens and adults both individually and in groups.  She also works as an equine therapist and specialist. Deb previously taught high school biology among other subjects.  Deb’s passion is empowering her students and clients to design their most wonderful life to include academic, career and personal counseling.