Meet Our HSE Presenters!Estella Castillo-Garrison, Ed.D
Dean of Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships
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 11 years of program development and management experience at the community college level. 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.
Kathryn Hanson earned a B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University, and a Lifetime Elementary Credential from Chapman College. She has had extensive experience teaching learners of all ages in elementary, special education, and adult education settings. These include Lanterman State Hospital, Park Avenue Learning Center, Cleta Harder Developmental School, North Orange County Community College District, and Pomona, Laguna Beach, and Capistrano Unified School Districts. Kathryn joined our Saddleback Adult Education staff in 2016, and now teaches High School Equivalency classes. She especially enjoys working with adults and seeing them reach their goal of earning a diploma.
Wendy Marcot has taught for 18 years in cross-cultural classrooms, including elementary, adult English as a Second Language, Parenting and Adult Basic Education math and language arts. She earned a Master’s in Education degree from Hope International University in Fullerton, California and a Bachelor’s in Human Services from California State University Fullerton. She also holds a Clear Multiple Subject teaching credential and Cross-cultural Language Acquisition Development certification.
Estela Puelma graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Liberal Arts. She holds a Clear Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential (full time for English as a Second Language, Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills, Mathematics, and Spanish). Prior to transitioning to the Saddleback College HSE program, Estela worked for the Adult Program with Capistrano Unified School District since 2001, where she was Academic Advisor for the High School Diploma Program and taught Mathematics as well as High School Equivalency Preparation in Spanish. Additionally, she home-taught all subjects K-12 from 1984 to 2003.
J. Edmundo Vargas graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City as a Dental Surgeon and also studied Civil Engineering. He earned CBEST certification and also is an A+ Service Technician certified to teach Desktop Publishing, MS Office and Internet, Web Design, and Computer Repair. In addition to teaching Spanish language High School Equivalency Reading, Writing, and Math classes at Saddleback Adult Education MV, Edmundo is also a substitute Saddleback Adult ESL faculty member.