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Come and see the Akins Journey Theatre perform CHICAGO- HIGH SCHOOL EDITION on Thursday & Friday, Jan. 17th & 18th and Saturday, Jan. 19th, 1pm & 7pm


Tina Salazar, Principal

Tina Salazar was named principal of Akins High School on Monday, October 29 by the Austin ISD School Board.  She is originally from Lockhart, a small town 30 miles outside of Austin.  Tina graduated from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in English Writing/Education and received her Masters of Education from Concordia University.   She began her teaching and coaching career in 1992 in Lockhart ISD, however, she has also taught in Deer Park ISD, Klein ISD, Clear Creek ISD, and New Braunfels ISD.   Ms. Salazar has taught English I, English II, and English III, and coached softball, volleyball, and basketball for twenty one years.  This will be Ms. Salazar’s sixth year as an administrator after having served as an English teacher and an Instructional Lead Teacher (ILT) at Akins right before becoming an administrator.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and traveling.  Ms. Salazar’s contact information:  tina.salazar@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9905.




Manuel Garcia, Associate Principal

Manuel Garcia is the Associate Principal for Akins High School.  Mr. Garcia attended St. Edward’s University and in 1995.  He graduated with a degree in education (History & Political Science).  In 2004, he received his masters in educational administration. Mr. Garcia began his teaching career in the Austin Independent School District in 1996.  He has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.   This is his 9th year at Akins High School.  Mr. Garcia is passionately active in helping students succeed.  Outside of  Akins, Mr. Garcia likes to spend valuable time with his two beautiful children, Sabrina (11 years old) and Travis (9 years old).  Hobbies include traveling and spending time with friends and family. Mr. Garcia’s contact information is manuel.garcia@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9815.





Ms. Jennifer Dawson, Assistant Principal (Arts & Humanities Academy)

Jennifer Dawson is the Assistant Principal for the Arts and Humanities Academy.  This is her first year at Akins High School as an administrator.  She is originally from Austin, Texas.  She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management and received her Master of Education from Concordia University Texas.  Mrs. Dawson is a Past President for the Texas Dance Educators Association, a Cadre Member for the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA) and the former Dance Liaison for AISD Fine Arts.  Mrs. Dawson enjoys reading, yoga, travel, and spending time with her family.  Mrs. Dawson’s contact information: jennifer.dawson@austinisd.org : (512) 841-9938.




Brad Lancaster, Assistant Principal (ABLE Academy)

Brad Lancaster is the Assistant Principal for the ABLLE Academy. He is originally from Buda, just south of Austin. Brad received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, in San Marcos and his Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Before leaving for an assistant principal position last school year, he spent 5 years at Akins High School as a special education teacher, special education department chair, and girls basketball coach.  This is his third year as an assistant principal at Akins High School. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and attends as many Texas Longhorn athletic events as he can.  Mr. Lancaster’s contact information: bradley.lancaster@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9814. 




Susan Thames, Assistant Principal (New Tech Academy)


Susan Thames is the New Tech Academy Assistant Principal.  This is her second year at Akins High School. She is originally from Waco, TX.  She graduated from McLennan Community College with an A.A. degree in Business Administration; received her B.S. degree in English Secondary Education from Baylor University, her Master of Education degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and her Ed.D. with an emphasis in Educational Administration Leadership from Capella University.  Prior to her arrival to Akins High School, she was a teacher at William B. Travis Early College High School.  In her 20 year career in education, she has experience as a high school English teacher, elementary school assistant principal, middle school assistant principal, middle school principal and as an adjunct junior college English instructor.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling and spending time with family.  She has one daughter Nichole, a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and who is currently working on her Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Leadership for Student Success. Dr. Thames's email is susan.thames@austinisd.org or you can reach her at (512) 841-9870.







Ernesto Wallace, Assistant Principal (Green Tech Academy)

Mr. Ernesto Wallace is the Assistant Principal in the Green Tech Academy.  This is his fourth year at Akins High School.  He is originally from Colon, Republic of Panama, moved to Austin, Texas in 1974 to attend college.  He graduated from Huston Tillotson College with a B.A. in Physical Education with a minor in Biology; received his master of education in 1983 from National University California and Educational Administration Certificate from Texas State University. Mr. Wallace began his teaching career in AISD in 1979.  This is his 19th year as an Assistant Principal in the district. He has worked at Mendez Middle School as a teacher, coach and administrator for 24 years, and 4 years at Gus Garcia Middle School and 2 years at Akins High School as an Assistant Principal. Mr. Wallace enjoys spending his free time bike riding, tennis and reading. Mr. Wallace’s contact information: ewallace@austinisd.org; (512) 841-9841.




Cecilia Hasdorff (Social Services Academy)

Cecilia Hasdorff is the Assistant Principal for the Social Services Academy. She is a native Austinite and a proud product of Austin ISD, graduating from Lanier High School in 1999. She began her college career at St. Edward’s University where she played Division II Collegiate Soccer and Softball. After finishing her eligibility, she transferred to Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas to finish her B.A. in English with Secondary Teaching Certification. She is currently finishing a graduate degree in Educational Leadership at Texas State University. She began her educational career at William B. Travis High School, and has worked at Crockett High School, Fulmore Middle School, and most recently as a district-wide language arts specialist. During her 13 years as an educator, Cecilia has served as a teacher, athletic coach, campus instructional coach, and district-wide specialist. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family and being outdoors with her awesome dog, Onee. Ms. Hasdorff's contact information: cecilia.hasdorff@austinsisd.org; (512) 841-9915