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  • Remembering Sira Metzinger

    The Academy is very sad to share with you the news of Sira Metzinger’s passing. Sira served the school for a remarkable 41 years, teaching two generations of students French and Italian.
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Remembering Sira Metzinger

The Academy is very sad to share with you the news of Sira Metzinger’s passing. Sira served the school for a remarkable 41 years, teaching two generations of students French and Italian.
At the time of her retirement in 2014, Head of School Kolia O'Connor made the following comments about Sira:

"Over a career that began when Richard Nixon was still President, Sira has truly inspired and educated her students in French and Italian. When one speaks with alumni as I have the fortunate pleasure of doing, Sira’s name is among the pantheon of teachers most people single out as having made a transformative difference in their lives. Sira is the teacher that language students identify as having provided a level of instruction and passion for learning that subsequently allows them to place out of introductory language courses in college. She is the teacher about whom more students write me after they leave than almost any other. And Sira, herself, has been the recipient of numberless missives over the years from students and even parents extolling the difference she made, as a language teacher, as a mentor, and a role model.

A perfect example came from Stanford University, which in 2003 launched an initiative to recognize the extraordinarily talented high school teachers of their students. Peter Durning ’03, in nominating Sira for this honor, wrote:

Mrs. Metzinger has led me to pursue topics I would not have pursued, to love subjects I would not have loved, and to see as I would not have seen without her remarkable teaching. She would settle for nothing but my best, and in doing so, caused me to achieve what I never would have dreamed, and to hold myself to that same proud standard.

Perfectly tri-lingual, Sira modeled for students, in French and Italian, a native accent, as well as fluency, not only in terms of idiom but in terms of culture. Her high scholarly standards, informed by a passion for the language, people, and culture of France and Italy, infused her classes with a sense of excitement and discovery, where new old worlds were opened for her students."

Funeral arrangements are available here: http://thomafuneralhome.com/obituaries.
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  • Adam Wilberger
    So sad to hear. Our French class spent 3 years with Mrs. Metzinger and had the best time with her. I wish I had the opportunity to tell her so many years later how much she meant to all of us.
  • Karen Coleman
    Une Grande Dame Sira Metzinger was not only a terrific teacher and colleague, but also a dear friend who will be greatly missed. She began her career at Sewickley Academy in the Middle School and came over to the Senior School to use the full range of her talents. She was soon team teaching the Advanced Placement French courses with me, and I learned so much by chatting with her and observing her classes. Our students seemed to enjoy having the opportunity to spend one semester with one of us and the second semester with the other. We enjoyed it as well, since it gave us the chance to teach to our strengths. Sira was also a mentor. She marched bravely into the new technologies that were being developed over the years and created imaginative and lively classes that engaged her students in many new ways. She was particularly good at introducing them to French music and doing grammar through the song lyrics. She also taught her students her native language in introducing Italian into the curriculum. Her knowledge was vast and she even taught an occasional class in Spanish. She was a model for all of us in the department. She was a terrific traveling companion and chaperone on the exchange trips. I have great memories of our gathering the students in the train stations, our visits to monuments, and especially when we would have the opportunity for afternoon teas in Paris! Sira was a very caring and dedicated teacher and a great woman. Her students always knew that she wanted each of them to learn and succeed and she did her best to see that that would happen. It has been nearly eight years since I last visited her in person, but we kept in touch via email, and it was as if we were still at our classroom doors chatting in between classes. It has been an honor and a privilege to have known and worked with her. Karen Coleman

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