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Town of Westlake, Westlake Academy IB World School


Suzi New joined the Westlake family in 2013, and she has been a career English teacher for 20+ years.  Mrs. New previously taught in HEB ISD with extensive experience in AP, DP IB, and GT curriculum.  She received HEB ISD’s Distinguished Teacher Award from 2006-2013, the Global Excellence Award for exemplary AP and IB examination results, and she was also honored as an Educator of Distinction and subsequent Top Ten Claes Nobel Teacher for 2013 from the National Society of High School Scholars.  Mrs. New spent time abroad in an undergraduate scholar's exchange with Oxford University, which focused heavily on Art History in correlation with experiential learning across Europe. She has also owned her own photography business and she specializes in mixed-media art. 

Mrs. New is passionate about creativity because she believes that we are all artists, and we consistently find meaning as we define our artistry. It is because of this passion that she is taking on a new role this year as the MYP Fine Arts teacher.

Outside of school she enjoys spending time with husband Martin and PYP daughter, Izabella Rose, who proudly proclaims that, “Westlake is her life.”   She is an avid photographer and among her many talents once played the drums in a rock band. Mrs. New believes the enduring quest for excellence is clothed in gentility and kindness and she models this in everything she does.