DAVIDSON, N.C. – Woodlawn School is delighted to announce its first alumni hire. Sayre Weir, a graduate of the Woodlawn School Class of 2011, will join the Woodlawn faculty in August as Middle School Spanish teacher. She also will serve as an Admissions Ambassador to lead campus tours, sharing valuable perspective gained during her seven years as a Woodlawn student.
"I started at Woodlawn as a sixth grader in 2004, when there were fewer than 80 students and only four buildings on campus," Sayre says. "I’m ecstatic to transition into this new journey with Woodlawn as the Middle School Spanish teacher and to continue to be a part of the Woodlawn family.” (Read more here about Sayre's "anything but ordinary" reflections on Woodlawn and life after graduation.)
"I met Sayre as a student in the first seventh grade class I taught at Woodlawn. She excelled in it and made it her priority," recalls Señora Laine Amortegui, who adds that Sayre has traveled with the Amortegui family to Colombia over four summers. "I am delighted to leave the Middle School Spanish program in her capable hands. Sayre is a direct byproduct of the Woodlawn Spanish program and I look forward to working with her this coming school year!"
Sayre graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in 2015, where she resided in the Spanish House. She served as a Spanish tutor for elementary and high school students, and volunteered as a Spanish-language interpreter at the area Open Door Clinic, assisting migrant workers with their medical visits and related paperwork.
Additional experience over the years includes security policy research in the Washington Office on Latin America, coordination of the Davidson College Study Abroad program in Peru, and graduate faculty research assistance on Latin American runoff elections.
Sayre interned in the Dean of Students Office at Middlebury, developing Orientation procedures and events for 600+ students and families. Last year she served as the Alumni Liaison for the Woodlawn Annual Fund, helping to solicit gift support from our alumni.
Sayre distinguished herself in many ways while she was a student at Woodlawn. She graduated summa cum laude in 2011, having spent 7 years as a Trailblazer. She was an AP Scholar with Distinction, and won the 2011 Trailblazer Award as well as the 2010 Achievement in the Humanities Award. She was the Editor of the Mighty Oak yearbook for two years, and a key member of the girls varsity soccer team.
Sayre is the daughter of Amy and Mark Weir, of Davidson.
Woodlawn is an independent school founded in 2002 and located just north of Davidson, North Carolina. Enrolling students in grades K through 12, Woodlawn is accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and offers a challenging, project-based academic experience.