Ms. LILA RODRIGUEZ
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
What an honor to be joining the school as the new Elementary School Principal and to be joining this great community. Although I have only recently joined, I have had the pleasure of meeting some of our students and I can see we have a young, inquisitive, and enthusiastic generation of students eager to take on any challenges.
I am a passionate educator. After completing my undergraduate at the University of London and doing a year abroad in Japan, I fell in love with teaching and education and remained in this field ever since. My teaching career began with English language teaching in Japan over 20 years ago. Over the years I have taken various roles including teaching, curriculum development, teacher training, administrator, and general management. I have spent most of my professional life in Asia.
In South Korea, I worked as an academic manager in a private language school. In China, I designed the English curriculum for English Language majors. In Vietnam, I worked for over 10 years with ILA Vietnam, re-designing their English language program to ensure 21st Century learning skills were incorporated into the curriculum, but also bringing an element of project-based learning to the schools. More recently, I worked at a group of bilingual schools as the International Program Director where I developed an integrated project-based learning curriculum and oversaw the delivery of the curriculum in the first years of operation.
I have now been in Vietnam with my family for just under 15 years. I am deeply committed to learning and understand the importance of a solid English language foundation in international education. I am a firm believer of integrating learning skills, digital literacy and empowering children to take ownership of their own learning. My aim is to ensure our students develop a strong set of knowledge and skills in Elementary years, through plenty of learning opportunities in all developmental areas, setting a strong foundation for academic success in later years.
I am excited to meet all our students and families. Once again, I am honored to have the opportunity to bring my professional experience to the SNA Marianapolis community.