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Woodlawn School Appoints New Athletic Director

by | May 18, 2021

Woodlawn School, an independent K-12 school noted for project-based learning and academic excellence, has named Michelle “Shellee” Young as its new Athletic Director.

Young comes to Woodlawn with an accomplished background including championships at the high school and collegiate levels as well as development of physical education curricula and serving as a department chair and teacher.  She will oversee all sports programs at Woodlawn as well as the school’s summer offerings in sports.

Shellee Young

“Shellee brings a special blend of experience that will benefit all Woodlawn students including those who aspire to play collegiate sports,” said Paul Zanowski, Head of School for Woodlawn.  “She has mentored, guided, and supported students through the college recruiting process, and she will be a valuable partner to our athletes and their parents.”

Prior to Woodlawn, Young worked for five years as the AD at Linden Hall, an independent school in Pennsylvania.  Her experience includes 20 years as a Head Coach in Soccer, Cross Country, Track & Field, and as an Assistant Basketball Coach, at the high school and collegiate levels.

“I am excited to provide students with experiences that will help them learn and grow in ways that will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” said Young.  “Sports are an extension of the academic curriculum at Woodlawn, and the school’s sense of community and its culture align with beliefs and values that I hold true.”

Woodlawn School is a member of the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association as well as the NC Independent School Athletic Association. Woodlawn fields 13 teams in girls and boys basketball, cross country, track and field, swimming, boys tennis, and girls volleyball.

About Woodlawn School 

Accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Woodlawn School offers a challenging, project-based academic experience, Woodlawn School students are expected to meet the demands of a rigorous academic program, as well as demonstrate initiative, responsibility and social awareness. Woodlawn encourages students to experiment, evolve, and grow into the people they each were meant to be. Whether you are an artist, scholar, or an athlete, being a Woodlawn Student means learning is joyful and our school inspires you to reach your full potential.

The Woodlawn campus combines its many outdoor learning areas with an historic house, a barn-style gym, and small classrooms – all tailored to the school’s collaborative and “whole-child centered” approach to education.  Evidence of the success of the school’s philosophy can be seen in the accomplishments of its distinguished alumni, the colleges attended by these graduates and the preparation of these graduates for the world beyond college studies.

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