Reading Program Staff



Janet Bagwell received her BS from Duquesne University, a teaching credential from University of Pittsburgh, and her MS in Education with a concentration in Reading and Language Arts as well as a Reading Specialist Credential from California State University, Fullerton. She continued her education at UCI where she received a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. In addition to teaching at Saddleback, Ms. Bagwell has been a lecturer at California State University, Fullerton where she taught in the Undergraduate Reading Program. Her interests include reading, the Civil War, nutrition and physical fitness, music and theater, and her grandchildren. Her favorite authors include John Steinbeck and Nelson DeMille, and a few of her favorite books are The Prophet, Gettysburg, and Angela's Ashes.

Michelle Duffy graduated from CSU, Long Beach with a BA in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Human Development. After earning her multiple subjects teaching credential, she worked for ten years as an elementary teacher and during that time completed her MS in Education with an emphasis in Reading from California State University, Fullerton. Directly following her masters studies, Dr. Duffy began teaching part-time in the Reading departments of CSU, Fullerton and Saddleback College. She has made presentations at CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) and at the California Regional Assessment Conference. In summer 2012, Dr. Duffy completed her Ed D. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Community Colleges from CSU, Fullerton. She joined Saddleback faculty as a full-time instructor in fall of 2012 and currently teaches a variety of reading classes. Dr. Duffy resides in San Clemente with her family and enjoys living near the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Denise Green was born in Philadelphia but grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in History/Education and received a teaching credential from the state of New Jersey. She lives in Dana Point with her husband and the youngest of their four children who currently attends San Francisco State. She worked for the Capistrano Unified School District for twelve years before accepting a position as Reading lab technician at Saddleback in 1998. While working in the Reading Lab she earned her MS in Reading from Cal State Fullerton. Her role at Saddleback is unique in that she is both a lab technician and an associate faculty member and acts as instructor both in the class and the lab. With her years of baseball, soccer, and swim mom behind her, she fills her free time with travel, gardening and reading.

Karen Sexton grew up in the local area, graduating from University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. After moving around a bit and working in securities and law, she returned to California where she earned her Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching and worked as a teacher, an MYP Coordinator, and department chair for more than a decade. She then received a Master’s Degree in Reading from California State University, Fullerton, and began teaching at Saddleback College. Karen enjoys reading about history, especially a well-crafted historical detective series like Lindsey Davis’ Didius Falco or John Maddox Roberts’ SPQR. She also enjoys traveling (and books set in foreign places where she would like to travel, such as Louise Penny or Martin Walker write), going to Disneyland, and finding unique new Converse to add to her collection.

Jeffrey Vogel received his B.A. in English (with a minor in Business) from Fresno State University and his teaching credential (with CLAD certification) from San Diego State University. He then completed his M.A. in Education with a concentration in Reading Instruction from California State University, Stanislaus. He also earned his doctorate degree in Education (Ed.D.) with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. He joined Saddleback College as a professor in August 2012 after fifteen years of teaching high school English, Journalism, ELD, and Reading Intervention as a nationally board certified teacher. He also served as an English and Reading instructor at Palomar College and MiraCosta College from 2007-2011. His current responsibilities include teaching a variety of reading courses, instructing students in the Reading Lab, and serving on various campus committees that focus on students and their academic success. Dr. Vogel’s favorite authors include Twain, Carver, Gladwell, Krakauer, and Michael Lewis although many philosophical, biographical, and historical works can also be found on his bookshelf. At home he is centered on his wife and three children as they spend their time together enjoying all aspects of coastal Southern California.