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Town of Westlake, Westlake Academy IB World School


Mechelle Sexton-Bryson, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of Westlake Academy. As a career educator, her range of experience includes years as a debate teacher, high school assistant principal, and middle school principal as well as a central office administrator in a high-performing school district.

Dr. Bryson is an experienced, professional educator with a core belief that “all children can learn.” She describes herself as an “achiever and an activator,” and sees herself first as a teacher, but most importantly, as an instructional leader. Dr. Bryson identifies as a lifelong learner and as such takes a very active role in developing the instructional expertise of her staff thereby building its collective efficacy.

Although a lifelong Texas educator, Dr. Bryson has traveled extensively studying educational models in The Netherlands, Austria and China, giving her a unique international perspective to the Texas public education system. She believes in the promise of an IB education and views international mindedness, the IB learner profile and IB approaches to learning as the collective centerpiece of a 21st century education.

Dr. Bryson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education from the University of North Texas and earned her Doctorate in Educational Administration from Baylor University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family and visiting Disney World. One of her passions is riding roller coasters with her son Taylor, and in her words... "the more loops, the better."