List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    I teach math and science and direct the Thacher Observatory.
  • What my students call me

    Usually Doc Swift or Dr. Swift.
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    The Outdoor Chapel.
  • Favorite job perk

    Some of the best right-hand point breaks in North America less than one hour away. That, and an observatory!
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    I visited the campus.
  • Since you asked me to brag, here's the professional accomplishment I'm most proud of

    I have had the honor of mentoring a number of really outstanding people. That is both what I am most proud of and what I have found to be most gratifying professionally.
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    I love creamy desserts more than chocolate desserts.
  • Favorite places on earth

    Big Sur, Hawaii, Southern Utah.
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    Happy.
  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)

    Happy.
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