Dawn Evenson brings more than three decades of experience as a district and charter school teacher and administrator to her role as Executive Director of Education at iLEAD Schools. In 2008, she helped iLEAD co-founder Amber Raskin launch the company’s first charter school, Santa Clarita Valley International School (SCVi), in Castaic, Calif. Since then, Dawn has worked tirelessly to create innovative, engaging, and supportive schools of choice for families across California and the nation.
As a founding administrative member of iLEAD Schools Development, Dawn was instrumental in opening SCVi and iLEAD Lancaster and is responsible for overseeing iLEAD’s educational curriculum, including implementation of consistent project-based and social-emotional learning principles across iLEAD’s network of schools. She is experienced in the challenges of setting up new schools, including streamlining culture, development, governance, systems, capacity building and sustainability principles, and she is committed to cultivating school environments where students are inspired to question, grow, and lead.
A native of Idaho and graduate of Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, Dawn moved to California in 1985 and began her career in education at Palmdale School District. She has spent more than 32 years as a teacher and administrator in both primary and secondary district and charter schools schools. She is active in the Association of California School Administrators and is the association’s Region XV president. In 2006, ACSA Region XV presented Dawn with the Middle School Director of the Year Award.
Dawn has been married to her husband, David, a retired educator and scientist, since 1989. She is a proud cancer survivor, community activist and the mother of three talented daughters, Emilie, Katelyn and Kelsey.