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Town of Westlake, Westlake Academy IB World School


A citizen of Australia, Mr. Rod Harding commences his fifth year at Westlake Academy. Rod holds a master's degree from New York State University and has 25 years of international teaching and administrative experience. He has held positions of Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) Principal in his recent IB World School, as well as a whole school position of Director of Operations. At Westlake Academy, he has held the positions of MYP and PYP principal.

Along with his knowledge and experience as an instructional leader, he has taken on senior administrative roles in facility and curriculum development, as well as security and risk management. He has also held positions as a consultant in early Literacy and Numeracy programs in Australia and coordinated international school evaluations in the Middle East and Africa.

Rod is keenly interested in systems that create and maintain a culture of learning within the educational setting, meeting the diverse needs of students to reach their maximum potential and develop meaningful professional development programs for educators.
 Rod has worked closely and collaboratively with school governors and Parent Teacher Associations to strengthen IB programs for students.