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Meet the Puente Family

 Full-Time 

Erica Brenes



Erica Brenes is beginning her third year with Puente. She has a bachelor's degree from UCLA (go Bruins!), a master's degree from Cal State Long Beach, and has been teaching college English for 5 years. She's a California native who likes hiking, cooking, writing and reading poetry, the beach, and spending time with her little family of three! 

Erica Brenes
Puente English RWA Instructor/Coordinator

Email: ebrenes@elcamino.edu 
Office: Humanities, Rm. 321P

 

Griselda Castro 

Griselda Castro has been a full-time counselor at El Camino College since fall 2008. She will be on her third year with Puente in fall 2016. She is also an ECC Puente Alumni and has an associate’s degree from El Camino College in Business Administration, a bachelor's degree from LMU and a master's degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills.  Griselda came to this country at eight years of age and has lived in the South Bay since.  She attended Perry Middle School and Gardena High. She enjoys a variety of exercise activities as well as walking at the beach and hiking.  She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her and two dogs. 

Griselda Castro
Puente Counselor/Coordinator

Email: gcastro@elcamino.edu 
Phone: 310-660-3593 Ext. 3403
Office: Student Services Center, Rm. 104H

 

Maribel Hernandez

Maribel Hernandez is one of the Counselors and Co-coordinator of the Puente Program.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the UC Santa Cruz and her master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach in Counseling.  Even though she was not a Puente student herself she learned about the Puente Program in her undergraduate research and was drilled about this type of program at the community college that she recruited her sister to be a part of the program and became a Puente mentor.  She began counseling at El Camino College since 2005 and was assigned to the Puente Program in 2009 as a part-time counselor but was hired full-time as the Puente Counselor and Co-coordinator in 2015.

Maribel Hernandez
Puente Counselor/Coordinator

Email: mhernandez@elcamino.edu 
Phone: 310-660-3593 Ext. 6568
Office: Student Services Center, Rm. 104I

 


Rachel Ketai

 

Rachel Ketai earned her bachelor’s degree with a major in English and a minor in Spanish at the University of Michigan and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. She has been teaching English at the college level off and on since 2005 and has served as the ECC Puente English Instructor since 2011. When she’s not commenting on her students’ essays, she loves cooking, listening to podcasts, reading novels, taking her dog Sadie for walks, and spending time with her husband and two young sons. 

Rachel Ketai
Puente English 1A Instructor/Coordinator

Email: rketai@elcamino.edu 
Office: Humanities

 

 


 

 Part-Time

Juan Guerra

Juan Guerra earned his Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Studies, a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a certificate in career from CSU Northridge. He is an academic counselor at Los Angeles City College in the Non-Credit/General Counseling area.  Mr. Guerra is at El Camino as an academic/career counselor. 

Juan Guerra
Puente Counselor

Email: jguerra@elcamino.edu

 

 

 

Bernice Gonzalez

Hi Puentistas!
My name is Bernice Gonzalez and I am one of the new Counselors in Puente. I want to introduce myself to you all. I graduated from El Camino College in 2006 and transferred to California State University, Dominguez Hills where I received my Bachelor’s in Chicano/a Studies. I furthered my education at CSUDH and obtained my Master’s in Counseling. I teach counseling classes at Santa Monica College and I am a Counselor at ECC and the Compton Center. I am the first in my family to graduate from college. My parents came from Mexico for a better opportunity for their family. They did not attend college, so it was very important for my parents that my siblings and I obtained an education.  I am excited to be back at ECC and to be part of the Puente team and to be able assist Maribel and Griselda. I will be here Mondays and Wednesdays so stop by if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you all and supporting you on your academic endeavors. Hope you have a successful semester! 

Bernice Gonzalez

Puente Counselor

Email: bmartinez@elcamino.edu 

 

 

Last Published 9/18/17