“Smart, Clever, Quick on his Feet”: A Tribute to Mr. Thayer

By Hunter H

17 May 2018

It was almost four years ago when I walked into my first high school class: Mr. Field’s Honors Geometry class. It remains to this day one of my favorite classes. I was deeply saddened to see him leave, and I thought it was impossible for someone to live up to his legacy at Shorecrest. Well, as it turned out, I was wrong: it was possible.

I had the pleasure of having Mr. Thayer as my Honors Precalculus teacher after he assumed Mr. Field’s position as teacher and Head of the Math Department, and I mean it most sincerely when I say that Mr. Thayer is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is the epitome of what every aspiring mathematician and person should want to be — smart, clever, quick on his feet, caring, passionate about what he does, and inspiring to all those he teaches.

“If you are reading this quote on a weekday between 7AM and 7PM, Mr. Thayer is probably in his classroom working with students. He is one of the hardest working teachers that I have come across in my career – his dedication to the profession is something that is an inspiration for those who get to see him in action on a daily basis.” That quote came straight from Mr. Wahlgren, and I think it encapsulates a part of what makes Mr. Thayer so amazing.

Another part, at least to me, is his brain. While intelligence certainly isn’t the only thing that defines a teacher’s capabilities, it would be an understatement to say that Mr. Thayer is a smart guy. He’s a brilliant man, in every possible sense of the word, and he inspired me to reach to the stars in a way that I’ve never felt another teacher — nay, person! — do before, and that, I think, is a true gift.

He showed a true caring for each and every student, academically and personally. He was not only available for extra math help seemingly 24/7, but he was able to tell when people in his class are going through something in their personal lives. I remember one time I was feeling down. He asked me if I was all right, and I said that I was fine, even though I wasn’t. He emailed me after school that day and told me that he is always available if I needed someone to talk to. That is something that I’ll truly never forget.

I find it hard to put into words just how much of a positive impact Mr. Thayer has had on me and my life. Hopefully it can be gleaned from what I have written, but I don’t think any words can adequately capture who he really is. He deserves a much brighter light than they can provide.

To put it in so few words, Mr. Thayer is the quintessence of an amazing teacher and a truly wonderful person, and I will be forever grateful of the time I got to spend with him.

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