With expertise in dropout recovery, our team extends its leadership and solutions to support schools and keep at-risk students on-track.

Superintendent/Chief Education Officer

Dr. Dawson is the visionary
and driving force of the
SIATech ecosystem. She
joined SIATech in 2000 and
became the Superintendent/
CEO in 2004. She has
extensive experience as a
teacher and principal at the
middle and high school levels
in San Diego. The Association
of Poway School Managers in
San Diego recognized her as
the Outstanding Secondary
Administrator as well as
Teacher of the Year for her
exemplary role at Bernardo
Heights Middle School. She
was also a finalist for the
James Irvine Foundation
Leadership Award in 2011.
Linda earned her Ed.D. in
educational administration
from United States
International University in
San Diego.

Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services

Mike joined the SIATech
team in 2000 and is primarily
responsible for legal
compliance with state and
charter laws in various states,
as well as the coordination
of organizational entities and
their governance bodies. For
10 years, he served as both an
assistant principal and teacher
in the Poway and Los Angeles
Unified School Districts. Mike
was recognized as the Poway
Unified School District’s
Assistant Principal of the Year
in 2000. He earned his Master
of Education degree from

Chief Educational Officer/Executive Operations Officer

Larrie was named SIATech’s
Executive Operations Officer
in 2011. Previously, he served
as an Industrial Education and
History teacher, coordinator
of alternative programs, high
school dean of students,
and assistant principal at
the middle school level. He
was also an institute faculty
member at The Principals’
Center at Harvard University
and co-chaired their
Advisory Board. Presently,
he is Chairman of the Board
of Educators for Social
Responsibility and a member
of AVID’s African American
Male Initiative Advisory Board.
He has been recognized with
the Golden Apple Award and
named California Science
Administrator of the Year,
NAACP Educator of the
Year, and Middle School
Administrator of the Year by
the Association of California
School Administrators. He
received his Ed.D. from
Northern Arizona University
and his master’s and
bachelor’s degrees from San
Diego State University.

Chief Instructional Officer

Kris joined SIATech in
2002 and is the Chief
Instructional Offi cer. She is
responsible for oversight of
educational services, learning
support, measurement and
accountability, and student
services. Kris brings over
30 years of experience as
a teacher, coach, advisor,
and Teacher on Special
Assignment at fi ve urban
high schools, as well as a
principal of a continuation
high school. Her passion and
instructional area of focus
has been to improve learning
results for students at low
performing urban high schools.
Kris has been recognized as
an Outstanding Secondary
Administrator by the Poway
Unifi ed School District and
as Site Teacher of the Year at
Mission Bay High School. Kris
received her Masters degree
and educational credentials
from San Diego State.

Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Learning Support

Dave is one of the pioneering
founders of SIATech. He
started in 1999 and is
responsible for curriculum
planning, development,
and implementation. Dave
has more than 22 years
of teaching, curriculum
development, and professional
development experience at
both SIATech and in the Poway
Unified School District. This
experience has emphasized
the effective use of technology
in the classroom as well as
alternative delivery models
such as online learning.
Dave earned his Master of
Education degree with an
emphasis in technology.

Assistant Superintendent Human Resources

Lin joined SIATech in 1999 and
has served in various roles in
the organization. She began
as Principal of the San Diego
site, served as Executive
Director of the Education
Services department for
many years before moving
to the Personnel Support
Services department in 2009.
Lin has more than 25 years’
experience in education,
having started as a training
specialist for the government
of British Columbia. Since
coming to the US, Lin has
been a classroom teacher,
curriculum developer, teacher
trainer, and senior editor.
She received her Bachelor
of Education degree from
the University of Victoria and
her Master of Education in
Curriculum & Instruction from
National-Louis University.

Assistant Superintendent Business Services

Tom is one of our most senior
team members, having joined
SIATech in 1998. He brings
considerable accounting and
management experience as
well as detailed knowledge of
educational finance systems
to his role in oversight of
the financial operations
of SIATech sites. In 2002,
Tom received the SIATech
Business & Finance Award
for his service. He earned a
Bachelor of Science degree
in accounting from Elon
University and completed the
School Business Management
Certificate Program from
the University of Southern
California Rossier School of