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Estella Castillo-Garrison brings more than thirteen years of program development and management experience at the community college level to NWCCD. She holds an associate degree in social science; a bachelor’s degree in social psychology; a master’s degree in education with a concentration in instruction; and a doctorate in educational leadership, administration, and policy from Pepperdine University.
Most recently, she served as the Dean of Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. She brought high-quality learning opportunities to people of all ages in South Orange County through various programs and initiatives. Her professional background also includes work within the K-12 system and at four-year colleges and universities. Castillo-Garrison also has extensive teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has taught courses in the educational leadership, administration, and policy doctoral program at Pepperdine University, as well as undergraduate courses in psychology and sociology.