Pathways to Technology Early College HS magnet

Collegiate Academy of Technology crest
Pathways to Technology Early College HS magnet (P-TECH) at Rowlett High school is a program that provides students with technical and workplace skills as well as college credit opportunities. While getting their high school diploma students can earn up to 60 free college hours and have the potential to earn an Associate’s degree in Gaming or Software Design.

Specific student skills will be highlighted with industry certificates in their related fields.  This opportunity is free to the students and will include internships with our partnerships with Microsoft and GameStop. These experiences can lead to paid internships or employment immediately after high school.

P-TECH at Rowlett High school shall serve all students and specifically enroll diverse groups that include students who are underrepresented in college courses.

Students must apply to participate in this program during the magnet application window. For more important dates and details, please visit the the district Magnet page.

For more information and application information, visit the GISD Collegiate Academy for Technology page or read through the Collegiate Academy of Technology Parent Informational Presentation (PDF)

Magnet Programs (magnet application required) 

Offerings available to all Eagles

  • AP and dual credit classes
  • Athletics teams
  • Career and technical education (CTE) courses
  • College, career & military readiness (CCMR) programs
  • Visual and performing arts programs

Find out more about RHS course and magnet offerings:

P-TECH Tutorials

Teacher Name Tutorial Days/Times

Tues/Thurs 2:40-3:30

Open Lab: 

Mon/Wed/Fri 2:40-3:15

Rodriguez Tues/Thurs 2:40-3:15
Toohey Mon/Tues/Thurs 2:40-3:15
Brown Tues/Thurs 2:40-3:30
Goen Mon/Thurs 2:40-3:40



Click here to access the PDF file from the parent informational meeting.

P-TECH Staff

Lath Staats

P-Tech Principal

I am excited to serve the students, faculty, and community at Rowlett High School and be the Principal for the Rowlett Collegiate Academy of Technology! This year marks my 14th year in education, and I have no doubt, that this year will be the best! I have been fortunate enough to lead and teach in Garland ISD, and find my work home at Rowlett High School. This school, the collegiate program, and the community, are very dear to me and my wife; as my daughters attend Herfurth Elementary Montessori School, here in Rowlett.

Gina Makidon

Magnet Advisor

I’ve always had a passion for teaching and helping others and in my last 15 years in this field I have been honored to be able to do that. I started as a Spanish teacher, then after pursuing my Master’s degree in counseling, my husband, my two kids, our German shepherd and I moved to Guatemala where my husband taught Bible at the Seminary there and I taught and did family counseling for two years. Upon our return, I was fortunate to come back to the RHS where I taught for a year and then became the 504/testing coordinator for the campus. This year as Magnet Advisor, not only do I get to continue to fulfill my passion as an educator but also get to be part of this amazing program!

Courtney Cox

P-Tech Counselor

While attending RHS, and as a junior, I knew I wanted to be a high school history teacher and cheer coach. I went to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. I came home, back to Texas and GISD, to begin working my first job teaching World Geography and World History while coaching the 9th grade cheerleaders. In 2012, I was able to come back to RHS and teach Economics while coaching the varsity cheerleaders. During this time in the classroom, I discovered my true passion was helping students plan for their future and work with them to help them achieve their goals. In 2016, when I was offered the position of academic counselor, I jumped at the opportunity to stay at RHS and really focus on helping students achieve their goals! 

Michael Toohey

AP World History

I grew up in Michigan but moved to Texas as soon as I was able! I attended the University of Dallas and earned my Master’s in Education while teaching World History at Rowlett High School. This is my eight year at the school and my tenth year as a teacher.
I am married with four daughters, two cats, and 7 chickens. When I’m not spending time with my girls, I run a tutoring business (, where I help students achieve their college admissions goals while helping families save tens-of-thousands in academic scholarships!

Jason Ulrich


This is my 16th year in GISD. I’ve been a member of the Rowlett High School family since 2014. I am a product of Garland District and returned to give back to the community that invested in me. After graduating from Garland HS, I attended UTD where I earned a Bachelor in Computer Science. Later I received my Master’s in Secondary Education from A&M Commerce.

I have taught every level of math from 7th grade through 12th. I am currently teaching D.C. Principles of Information Technology, Computer Science Principles, and Computer Science 1/2/3.

Carlos Trevino-Rodriguez

Pre-AP Biology

I attended the University of Texas at Tyler where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I joined the Rowlett High School family in 2015, where I taught Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry. I also coached the Lady Eagle Basketball team, the Volleyball team, and Track. Later I earned a Master’s degree in Science and Finance from Texas A&M University Commerce in 2018. In my free time I enjoy exercising, reading, and traveling.

Deanna Brown

Pre-AP Algebra & Pre-AP Geometry

I’m a graduate of DeSoto High School and Texas A&M University. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science from TAMU in May of 2007. From there, I worked for a short time in the lab animal science industry before following my true calling of becoming a mathematics teacher. I began my teaching career in Duncanville ISD in 2008. I have taught middle school math, pre-AP math classes, GT math classes, and have worked at one other Early College High School before joining the team at Rowlett High School last school year. I believe that all children can learn math and I enjoy seeing the “light bulbs” go off in class every day. My husband and are now Rowlett residents, where we raise our 10 month old son, Carson.

Eric Goen

Pre-AP English I

I'm thrilled to be starting my ninth year of teaching here at Rowlett High School in the P-TECH program.  I'm an avid reader and lover of all things English and everything grammar related, and I love bringing my enthusiasm of my content to my students and helping them reach their full potential through writing and reading.  As a life-long learner myself, I am currently pursuing my doctorate in curriculum and design at Texas A&M Commerce.

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