Larry Thaxter


“Education is the kindling of the flame, not the filling of the vessel.”

Larry brings twenty-seven years of experience as a school district administrator, including seven years as an Assistant Principal, fifteen years as a Principal and five years as a central office administrator (Director or Superintendent). He is a proven advocate for the success of all stakeholders, particularly students. He has also been a designated senior lead for Safeguarding since 2016.

Larry’s experiences include the American, Canadian and International Baccalaureate educational programs across K-12. He is Penta 3 Certified School Inspector and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Education from the University of Lethbridge.

Larry believes that children at Clarion develop holistically, challenge themselves and will graduate being the best version of themselves.

His hobbies and passion include - weight training, sports (basketball, tennis, and ice hockey), and working on cars.


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Suzanne Rodricks

Vice Principal

An educator for 31 years, Suzanne joins Clarion from our Scholars International Group sister school Dubai Scholars, where she has been Head of EYFS/Lower Primary since 2016. Her mission at Dubai Scholars was to challenge the status of teaching and learning in the EYFS/Lower Primary program, which has successfully resulted in the rise of the KHDA rating to “Very Good”.

Recently, Suzanne was invited to join the Harvard University Graduate School of Education beta program for planning and teaching for online learning at the Harvard Principal’s Center. In 2019, she received the 24th ICTEL  best paper accommodation at the TERA (Teaching and Education Research Association) International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning. This winter, Suzanne will present with Dr. Shafali Tsabary at the Global Tipping Point Summit on the topic “Nurturing Creativity with the Arts”.

Suzanne holds a Master’s of Special Education and a Bachelor of Education from S.N.D.T Women’s University, Mumbai, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay.

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Nada Iskandar

Head of Student Assessment and School Self-Evaluation

“When we encourage children to question, we teach them the most powerful tool they will need in an ever-changing world.” An early years educator with thirteen years of teaching experience in Dubai, she brings her experience, knowledge of how children develop and UAE culture to her classroom. She is an innovator of learning spaces, a growth mindset enthusiast and a believer in the power of grit.

Nada joined Clarion in August 2019 as a classroom teacher and later joined Clarion’s Leadership Team as Head of School and Student Assessment. Her classroom teaching experiences and leadership positions held at progressive IB schools give her a unique background to add to Clarion as we strengthen our assessment and evaluation practices. In 2018, Nada was nominated for the GESS Education Award for Innovation in Education for the creativity of developing and utilizing outdoor learning areas. In 2021, Nada completed her NEASC visitor training and is very excited to start her journey as an ACE-approved visitor.

She holds a Master’s of Arts in Education, Education Leadership, Learning & Technology, from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

 Aisha Brooks

Curriculum Coordinator

Aisha is a highly qualified Educational Leader, Training Facilitator, Curriculum Coordinator, and Literacy Specialist. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Reading and Elementary Education Minor in Social Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC, U.S.A., and holds a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from the same institute. With a combined 20 years of experience as an educator, she is highly skilled to develop curriculum, policy, pacing, and cross-curricular guides. She is also experienced in strategic curriculum modeling, development, and implementation.

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