List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    Teacher of biology and physics, member of the Horse Department, and advisor to freshman boys.
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    My nieces and nephew attended and I saw what a wonderful school it was.
  • What my students call me

    Mr. Sawyer, except in those very informal moments when they call me Soydog or P-soy.
  • Favorite Thacher teaching moment

    When I see the “light bulb” moments in my students. When they have been working on something that has been particularly difficult for them and they finally “get it.”
  • Favorite job perk

    The musical talent that is brought to campus on a regular basis (we had Pentatonics right after they were on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”).
  • Since you asked me to brag, here are the professional accomplishments I am most proud of

    When students that I have written letters of recommendation for get into the colleges that they have applied to or the jobs/internships that they are pursuing.
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    The Outdoor Chapel.
  • Favorite place in my imagination

    Skiing at any place with thigh-deep light powder snow.
  • Favorite places on earth

    The beaches around Santa Barbara, the mountains around Truckee, and Thacher.
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    Out on the trails, at the barns, or experiencing a quiet moment at the Outdoor Chapel.
  • The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without

    Book: Trinity by Leon Uris. Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra.
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    I was a swimming and track coach before I came to Thacher and served as the assistant director of the California State Track and Field Meet.
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    A veterinarian. (That eventually changed, but my younger daughter is now in her third year at UC Davis Vet School.)
  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)

    The best teacher and mentor that I can possibly be.