OUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

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


 
 

DR. LINDA DAWSON
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.

MIKE HADJIAGHAI
Associate 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 UCLA.

LIZ HESSOM
Chief Academic Officer


Liz joined SIATech in 1999 as an English teacher at the San Diego Job Corps site and served as Assistant Principal, Principal, and Executive Director of the Education Services department before moving into her current position as Chief Academic Officer in 2017. Liz has more than 20 years’ experience in education, having started as a High School teacher in New Jersey and an Adult Education teacher in San Diego. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Kean University and her Master of Science in Educational Administration from National University.

LIN MILLER
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 Human Resources 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.

TOM RENNER
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 Education.

MARK KIKER
Chief Technology Officer


Mark has more than 30 years of hands-on experience with technology. Coming from private industry, he brings his “get it done” attitude to education. He is fully versed in every area of Tech Management from software selection and deployment to strategic planning. His Project Management expertise enables our team of IT Staff to achieve great results. As an internationally known speaker and writer, he is a returning speaker at Autodesk University from 1996 to 2016 as well as being published monthly in AUGI World magazine since 2006. He served for 6 years on a technology based organizations Board of Directors, with 3 of those years as their president. He has also been a non-profit Executive Director. Mark is currently serving as Chief Technology Officer for SIATech.